The Chair will study Artificial Intelligence as a driver and component for solutions and strategies to assist the achievement of the SDGs. It will contribute to the way information can be intelligently assimilated and utilized across a range of sectors and services, and drive AI to follow a development course.

The project focuses on AI at the national (or regional) level and will offer evidence and guidance ranging from AI research methods, use cases, deployment, exploration, exploitation and operability, applied to all SDG sectors. The implementation, impact and creation analysis of AI initiatives are line with agendas pursued other UNESCO Chairs.

It will create an AI research agenda and technology roadmap, and a series of AI deployment scenarios in specific contexts. The Chair will embed the values of ethics, well-being, peace and human rights within AI, how stakeholders and policymakers can best utilize AI, taking advantage of its benefits and minimizing risks.

John Shawe-Taylor has the role of Chairholder and is already working with the Knowledge Societies Division, CI sector of UNESCO to prepare a mapping of the AI ecosystem in emerging economies. He was also instrumental in designing with the K4A team a challenge for the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress named “Artificial Intelligence for solving SDG 4” and organized an accompanying event at the Congress on the same theme with several other Chairs.