Ample Labs and Ada Turn to AI to Support Homeless in Toronto

Ample Labs, in partnership with Ada, have announced Chalmers, an AI-powered chatbot designed to instantly connect Toronto’s homeless community with local resources. Ready with 24/7 support accessible across desktop and mobile devices, Chalmers provides real-time information about free meals, clothing banks, overnight shelters, drop-in facilities, and more. Throughout the course of its six months in beta testing, Chalmers has grown to support 700 users each month, providing a total of 6,500 recommendations, including 4,000 meals and 800 overnight shelter opportunities. “Nothing has been more meaningful than seeing the connections, potential,…

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STOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to Cyberbullying

With nearly one in five adolescents bullied across the nation, today, STOMP Out Bullying™ announces a first-of-its-kind AI platform, Emma, designed to help reduce bullying. Developed with consultation from Dr. Jeff Gardere, one of the most widely sought-after experts in the field of mental health, and an Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in NYC, Emma is a technically advanced education tool programed to process thousands of negative social media posts and simulate the effects of bullying on a teenager’s brain.    “Having supported more…

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UNESCO Highlights the Ethical Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence at the WSIS Forum 2019

If we are to make the most of the possibilities offered by AI to the world, we must ensure that it serves humanity, with respect for human rights and human dignity, as well as our environment and ecosystems. Today, no global ethical framework or principles for AI developments and applications exist. UNESCO is a unique universal forum with over twenty years of experience in developing international instruments related to bioethics and the ethics of science and technology. It has the responsibility to lead an interdisciplinary, pluralistic, universal, and enlightened debate, in this regard,…

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Social Tech Trust and Microsoft reveal the ventures that will take part in the Microsoft AI for Good Social Business Programme

Eleven ventures will join the four-month immersive accelerator programme to develop their AI for good solutions.  All ventures taking part have a social mission and are focused in the areas of either AI for accessibility or AI for environmental sustainability.  The programme, developed in partnership with Microsoft, will help demonstrate that the biggest opportunity for AI is not for AI to shape our future, but for people to shape AI to make the future we want to see.  The social business cohort will benefit from a curriculum delivered by industry…

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UNESCO holds first global conference to promote a humanist Artificial Intelligence

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) changes the way we learn, work and live together, UNESCO is leading an international reflection to explore actions required to ensure that the potential of AI is harnessed at the service of humanity’s sustainable development. “Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach? A Global Conference” (UNESCO Headquarters, 4 March, 9.30 am to 7 pm), aims to foster dialogue between all stakeholders from the public and private sectors, technical community, media and academia, civil society, international and regional organizations. While AI advances make headlines, people worry that…

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