UN-Habitat and Mila launch a collaborative white paper on the use and potential challenges of AI to support the development of sustainable and humane cities and settlements

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TORONTO, the Oct 4, 2022 /CNW Telbec/- UN-Habitat, the United Nations program responsible for promoting sustainable urbanization in more than 90 countries, and Mila, the world’s leading deep learning university research center, announce the launch of their collaborative white paper . This paper presents observations and recommendations on how artificial intelligence (AI) systems could be harnessed to support the development of socially and ecologically sustainable cities and human settlements.

Designed to support both urban planning managers and practitioners, the white paper, which is part of UN-Habitat’s strategy to promote a people-centred approach to digital transformation, presents the added value and current challenges of AI in cities. It also provides a set of practical recommendations to improve how AI is used to foster sustainable cities and inclusive communities.

The document covers urban applications of AI in a wide range of sectors (energy, mobility, public safety, healthcare, etc.) and addresses important topics, including the disadvantages and risks of AI, approaches and the use of urban AI in urban governance.

The white paper will be unveiled during a panel to be held at the Urban Economy Forum 2022 Toronto.

Artificial intelligence, like any other technology, can be a force that widens or narrows social gaps; it all depends on how it is used. We have a collective responsibility to appropriately use and integrate AI solutions ensuring that there are no unintended consequences, says Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program for ‘UN-Habitat.

The objective of the white paper is to provide local authorities with useful guidance for evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of AI to foster sustainable local communities. Local authorities routinely make decisions about AI that impact people’s lives. They therefore need tools to assess where and who AI adds value, and to determine whether its use is appropriate in a given context. The document serves as a knowledge base to guide decision-making regarding positive engagement and use of AI for sustainable, smart, people-centered cities and human settlements.

Like any other transformative opportunity, integrating AI into urban environments comes with challenges and risks that need to be considered and addressed seriously if AI is to improve societies, says Valrie Pisano, president and CEO of Mila. This white paper could be a very useful tool for local authorities who, like UN-Habitat and Mila, are dedicated to the responsible development of AI.

Visit the site to access the full white paper.

Main authors of the white paper:

  • Jean Louis Denis,full professor (UdeM)
  • Golnoosh FarnadiAssistant Professor (HEC Montral), Senior Academic Member (Mila), Canada-CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence
  • Shaz JamesonPhD student (Tilburg Institute of Law and Technology, UdeM, Mila)
  • shin kosekiAssistant Professor (UdeM), Director (UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape)
  • Catherine Regisfull professor (UdeM), associate academic member (Mila)
  • David RollickAssistant Professor (McGill University), Senior Academic Member (Mila), Canada-CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence

Launch Information:

  • event: panel on the launch of the report entitled AI and Cities: Risks Applications and Governance by UN-Habitat and Mila the fourth edition of the Urban Economy Forum (UEF4) on Sustainable Urban Finance. The opening session, which will take place on Monday, October 3 at 9 a.m. (EDT), will kick off the fourth edition of the Urban Economy Forum (UEF4) on Sustainable Urban Finance.
  • Venue: TorontoCanada, at the World Urban Pavilion (WUP) in Regent Park and online. Link for free registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/uef4-tickets-344374632797?discount=COMPLIMENTARY100
  • Launch time: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 4:45 p.m. (EDT)
  • Speakers:
    • Anna Jan (moulder)Director, Public Policy and Education, AI for Humanity (Mila)
    • Golnoosh FarnadiAssistant Professor (HEC Montral), Senior Academic Member (Mila), Canada-CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence
    • Shaz JamesonPhD student (Tilburg Institute of Law and Technology, UdeM, Mila)
    • David RollickAssistant Professor (McGill University), Senior Academic Member (Mila), Canada-CIFAR Chair in Artificial Intelligence
  • Information on the forum: https://www.ueforum.org/uef4

About UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat is the United Nations program working for a better urban future. Its mission is to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of human settlements as well as access to decent housing for all. The program works in more than 90 countries to drive transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action. It works with partners to build inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable communities and cities while promoting urbanization as a positive transformative force for people and communities to reduce inequality, discrimination and poverty. poverty. Additional program information: UN-Habitat – For a better urban future | UN-Habitat (unhabitat.org)

About Mila

Founded in 1993 by Professor Yoshua Bengio from At the University of Montreal, Mila is an artificial intelligence research institute which today brings together more than 1,000 researchers specializing in machine learning. Based in Montreal, Mila’s mission is to be a global hub of scientific advances that inspires innovation and the development of AI for the benefit of all. Mila is a non-profit organization recognized globally for its significant contributions to the field of deep learning, particularly in the areas of language modeling, machine translation, object recognition and generator models.

SOURCE Mila – Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence

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