Honoring Nguyen Anh Tuan as VTV Person of Year 2018 in AIWS Roundtable on Jan 17, 2019

On January 17, Vietnam National Television (VTV) and Boston Global Forum (BGF) held The AIWS Roundtable discussed on AIWS for Leadership and Innovation and also honored Nguyen Anh Tuan as VTV Person of Year 2018.

With Journalist Ta Bich Loan (VTV) and Barry Nolan (BGF) as moderators of the event, the top leaders, experts and professors gave their opinions about the near- and long-term priorities of AIWS which seeks to apply AI to improve politics and society.

AIWS is an initiative established by the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation on November 22, 2017, as a way to build a social model that will make Artificial Intelligence (AI) safe, trustworthy, transparent, and humanistic. Out of Boston, many AIWS groups are established in various countries such as Japan, England, New Zealand, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Australia, Russia…

The framework also honored Nguyen Anh Tuan – the Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Boston Global Forum (BGF) as VTV Person of Year 2018. This award is for his dedication to working hard to build Artificial Intelligence World Society and AI-Government.

The Award Ceremony was celebrated in honor atmosphere. Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis (Chairman of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, Co-Founder, Chairman of The Board of Directors and Board of  Thinkers, The Boston Global Forum) sent a letter of congratulations to Mr. Tuan with sincere compliments.

Governor Michael Dukakis sent a letter of congratulations to Mr. Tuan.

“There would be no Boston Global Forum without Tuan. He and Tom Patterson conceived the idea, and they then asked me and John Quelch of the Harvard Business School to join them as the organization’s founders. Ever since, it’s been Tuan who has taken the lead in expanding our network of scholars, government officials, business leaders, and social activists.

And it was Tuan, through the creation of the Michael Dukakis Institute as part of BGF, who originated and developed our path-breaking ethical initiatives in the areas of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

We all owe Tuan an enormous debt for establishing the Boston Global Forum as a premier venue for promoting world peace and security.” wrote Gov. Dukakis. (Congratulations letter HERE)

Being a person who cooperated with Mr. Tuan on many programs and projects, Ms. Ta Bich Loan (the Director of Vietnam Televisions VTV3 Channel and one of Vietnam’s top 50 most influential women 2017) told: “If there is one word that I would associate with Mr. Tuan, it would be “pioneer.” Mr. Tuan sees important needs and opportunities before others do, and he then develops them to a point where they can be advanced by others.”

She added: “Mr. Tuan was done this many times. He did in creating the first software for Dalat University, creating VietNet, Vietnam’s first internet transmission net, establishing VietNamNet, Vietnam’s first online news site.

And here in Boston, while at the Shorenstein Center, he created a blueprint for online news outlets in developing countries and developed the idea that led to the creation of the Boston Global Forum.” (Honor Remark HERE)

Ms. Ta Bich Loan – the Director of Vietnam Televisions VTV3 Channel and one of Vietnam’s top 50 most influential women 2017.

“I have followed with admiration your work with the Boston Global Forum, which is a remarkable addition to the Boston community. You identified a need for the organization. And you did all of that in a remarkably few years, just as you did with Vietnam Net. You are that rare visionary who is skilled at giving life to a vision,” said Mr. Nicco Mele (The Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and an academic research center in the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University), a fellow of  Mr. Tuan. (Congratulations letter HERE)

“You are that rare visionary who is skilled at giving life to a vision,” said Mr. Nicco Mele about Nguyen Anh Tuan.

Although being unable to attend the event,  Professor Tom Patterson (Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Boston Global Forum, and Research Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation) sent his congratulations and shared their long-term partner through a video.

Since his first meeting in 2005, Professor Thomas Patterson has rated Mr. Tuan as one of the smartest and most interesting people he ever knew and worked with.

Through the extremely meaningful event, our special character – Mr. Tuan was deeply moved by the feelings of his colleagues during the working process. He was extremely grateful and gave his deep thanks to his friends who have supported him during BGF’s six years. He also appreciated his colleagues at VietNamNet and said thank to VTV for this recognition and honor.

About AIWS, he believes “deeply that our AI World Society (AIWS) initiative will contribute to a more prosperous and safe world. AIWS ethics and standards can guide the development of AI, and serve to underpin AI-Government, which can bring us an unprecedented era of government responsiveness and accountability. Our AI World Society is a model for the future, one marked by greater transparency and a deeper commitment to our common values. BGF will work with its associates to ensure the realization of this vision. AIWS is a concept, and undertaking, that is worthy of our efforts and, indeed, worthy of pursuit by socially minded individuals everywhere.”

(Mr.Tuan’s speech HERE)