Friday, May 22, 2020

AI for social good: Well meaning gobbledegook

I pass on this link to a my-eyes-glaze-over open access perspective on international efforts to use artificial intelligence for social good. The effort is a noble one, and indeed tries to deal with a very complex domain. Here is the abstract, which introduces the first of an array of acronyms:
Advances in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) present an opportunity to build better tools and solutions to help address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and deliver positive social impact in accordance with the priorities outlined in the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The AI for Social Good (AI4SG) movement aims to establish interdisciplinary partnerships centred around AI applications towards SDGs. We provide a set of guidelines for establishing successful long-term collaborations between AI researchers and application-domain experts, relate them to existing AI4SG projects and identify key opportunities for future AI applications targeted towards social good.
Added note: I almost never respond positively to emails requesting that I link to a particular advocacy or commercial site, but I make an exception on receiving this morning email on 8/12/2020:
My name is Sean from Don’t Panic. We’re a Creative Advertising agency in London passionate about creating cause-related advertising campaigns for charities and brands.
I am a fan of your website and I noticed that you linked to a Nature resource discussing social good on this page
I have put together an article exploring what social good is. I think that your readers would find this very useful. You can find it here:
I’d be very grateful if you considered linking to my article in addition to the Nature resource.

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