The Michael Dukakis Institute and the Boston Global Forum Announce Strategic Alliance with AI World Government

The Michael Dukakis Institute and the Boston Global Forum Announce Strategic Alliance with AI World Government. AI World Government to focus on AI Ethics and AI-Government as Public Sector Deployment of AI.

The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation and the Boston Global Forum have announced that they will be a Strategic Alliance Host of the AI World Government Conference & Expo, being produced by Cambridge Innovation Institute. The event will be held on June 24-26, 2019 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

According to conference founder and chair, Eliot Weinman, “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation and their Boston Global Forum (BGF). Former Governor Michael Dukakis has been an innovative global visionary for decades. For the past several years the BGF has conferred with government, research and technology experts to develop a framework for governments around the world to develop the proper AI ethics regulations. BGF, which created the concept of AI-Government on June 25, 2018 at Harvard University, and organized the first AI-government conference at Harvard September 20, 2018, will jointly develop a dedicated conference on this topic at AI World Government on June 24, 2019. AI World and AI Trends will also publish the continuing results of their research for our global audience.”

AI World Government Conference & Expo provides a forum to educate and inform federal, state, and local governments on the many benefits of deploying AI technologies. These agencies are like public and private “enterprises”, which AI World is established and known for. The government application of AI is already in its early adoption period and has been deployed in a wide variety of applications that have shown benefits. As AI continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the next generation of deployment will enable government agencies to:

• Provide better and enhanced services to its constituents
• Increase productivity and reduce costs
• Accelerate the overall digital transformation efforts underway throughout government agencies
• Introduce an AI-Government model

AI World Government is also the backdrop for shaping the discussion around ethics, safety, and regulatory requirements for machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, image and pattern recognition, and emerging intelligent automation solutions.

According to Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the Boston Global Forum (BGF), “We have been collaborating with Mr. Weinman and his team at AI World throughout 2018 to support the event as an International Host. We have several activities already underway at AI World 2018, and will continue our strategic alliance for all AI World 2019 events. We will present an AI-Government model at AI World Government.”

About the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) (dukakis.bostonglobalforum.org)

Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) was co-founded by Governor Michael Dukakis and Nguyen Anh Tuan. MDI generates important initiatives in AI in concert with the AI World Society 7-Layer Model, and AI-Government, World Leader in AI World Society Award. MDI is the publisher of Shaping Futures magazine. MDI Innovators are prominent leaders and scholars with Harvard, MIT, Brown, Tufts, Google, and The New York Times, with a Board of Leaders composed of: Chairman Michael Dukakis, Director Nguyen Anh Tuan, and professorship members Nazli Choucri, Thomas Patterson, David Silbersweig and John Savage.

At AI World Conference and Expo, December 4, 2018, MDI and BGF announced the AIWS Report About AI Ethics, and Government AIWS Ethics and Practices Index, the first AI Ethics Index about governments.

About AI World Government (AIWorldGov.com)

AI World Government Conference & Expo provides a forum to educate and inform public sector agencies (federal, state, and local governments) and its supply chain on the many benefits of deploying AI technologies. These agencies are like public and private “enterprises”, which AI World is established and known for. The government application of AI is already in its early adoption period and has been deployed in a wide variety of applications that have shown benefits. The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C
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Honoring CEO of Boston Global Forum, Nguyen Anh Tuan as Person of the Year 2018 in Vietnam

Vietnam National Television (VTV) announced and honored CEO of Boston Global Forum and Director of Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, as Person of the Year 2018 for Artificial Intelligence World Society and AI-Government.

The Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) is a set of values, ideas, concepts and protocols for standards and norms whose goal is to advance the peaceful development of AI to improve politics, society, and the quality of life for all humanity. It was conceived by the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) and in November  2017.

AI-Government is a component of the AIWS. The concept of AI-Government was developed at the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, whose co-authors are Governor Michael Dukakis, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Professor Nazli Choucri, and Professor Thomas Patterson, was announced on June 25, 2018. MDI has attracted prominent scholars, experts, innovators, and policymakers contribute and develop AIWS.

AIWS had a great year with AIWS Report for G7-Summit 2018, World Leader in AIWS Award honor Secretary General of OECD, AIWS Ethics Index, AIWS Distinguished Lectures by Liam Byrne,  Keynote Lecture about “AIWS and AI-Government”  in 13rd INTELS conference about AI in Saint Petersburg, and in AI World Conference and Expo in Boston, AIWS Roundtable at Harvard, and Tokyo etc.

The Award Ceremony was live broadcasted on December 31, 2018, on the special program to welcome the New Year 2019 by VTV.

The financial services sector is making progress towards deploying Machine Learning

In a recent survey conducted by MIT Technology Review Insights in association with Google, marketers in the financial services industry are among the most progressive adopters using machine learning to streamline operations and optimize business outcomes. According to the research, 41 percent of financial services marketers are currently using ML and another 30 percent are planning to deploy the technology within the year.

This is considered a great signal as innovation and in particular, the development of machine learning, are driving companies to adapt with the times. “ML is having a profound and transformational impact across every function in financial services, and marketing is one of the areas leading the way,” said Ulku Rowe, technical director for financial services at Google Cloud and former CTO at JPMorgan Chase. “ML is helping financial services marketers to keep up with constantly evolving consumer behavior and to ensure that they get the best value out of every marketing dollar spent.”

On one hand, financial services sector must stay ahead of the technology curve; on the other hand, marketers in the fields are under intense pressure to carry out accurate campaigns and conservative practices. Since the industry is among the sectors that require strict protection of customer database and measures to guarantee security as well as mitigate possible risks, machine learning needs deploying with great cautious. However, when needed, machine learning can support compliance and accounting teams with forensic analysis in following the money trail and spotting any anomalies.

The survey also shows that machine learning has great potential in anticipating customer needs with 60 percent of financial services marketers’ responses expressing their belief in the ability to capture the entire customer journey of machine learning. Meanwhile, 44 percent of respondents are using machine learning to assess the value of their future customers. Stephen Arthur, Google’s managing director for finance partnerships, mentioned that Google has been using machine learning to leverage data to understand and predict when someone is experiencing significant life events and help marketers reach them more effectively during those moments.

More and more applications of technology are being embedded in business operations around the world; however, it requires organizations to invest in both human and resources so that technology can be operated safely and effectively. Layer 7 “Business Applications for All of Society: Engage and Assist Businesses” of the AIWS 7-Layer Model developed by the Michael Dukakis Institute will guarantee advanced technologies, especially with AI remaining benevolent and free from risks of misuse, error, or loss of control and have positive effects to the society.

Artificial Intelligence is the focus in 2019 Cybersecurity Predictions

Artificial Intelligence is expected to affect Cybersecurity significantly in 2019.

WatchGuard Threat Lab research team

In 2019, cyber criminals will build noxious chatbots that try to socially engineer victims into clicking links, downloading files, or sharing private information. Those chatbots will be controlled by AI.

Candace Worley, Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee

While working with AI, each firm needs to supervise its training to avoid damage. Not only privacy regulations, but also legal, ethical, and cultural implications are required to guarantee that AI could handle real-life situations with fairness and responsibility.

Jason Rebholz, Senior Director, Gigamon

Based on available information, AI helps analysts make basic decisions. As a result, the analysts will get more time for advanced determination.

Morey Haber, CTO, and Brian Chappell, sr. director, enterprise & solutions architecture, BeyondTrust

With rapid evolution, AI could establish plans and make data collection, which leads to an increase in successful attacks. 2019 is predicted to have more attacks using AI and Machine Learning.

Malwarebytes Labs Team

In the future, malware will be created by Artificial Intelligence. It will be too dangerous if the AI creates, adapts, and communicates with malware. Morever, an AI will be able to tracking the formula of detecting from compromised computer then rapidly creating a new malware.

Mark Zurich, senior director of technology, Synopsys

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are expected a lot for contributions in cybersecurity due to their ability to find threats with speed and exactitute. “However, many of the articles that I’ve been reading on this topic are expressing skepticism and concern that companies will be lulled into a false sense of security that their detection efficacy is acceptable through the application of ML/AI when that may not actually be the case.”, said Mark, “we should expect to see large companies continue to invest in this technology and startup companies touting ML/AI capabilities to continue to crop up in 2019.”

Ari Weil, Global VP of Product and Industry Marketing, Akamai

The dream of AI and Machine Learning could be reconsidered in 2019. “Whether the catalyst comes from forensic tools that miss detecting advanced threats until significant damage has been done, or monitoring and analytics software that fails to detect the root cause of an issue in a complex deployment environment, the industry will reawaken to the value of evolving specialists vs. purchasing intelligence,” accroding to Ari Weil.

Gilad Peleg, CEO, SecBI

AI will provide more power for attacks. It is logical that the AI hackers will grow faster and bigger and reach more successes in making cyberattacks. To prevent malicious activities, cyber protection needs AI’s support. “With machine learning and AI-driven response, security teams can automate triage and prioritization while reducing false positives by up to 91%,” Gilad Peleg said.

Jason Rebholz, Senior Director, Gigamon

The technology industry will see a significant boost and depend more on AI as the automation and AI play a larger role.

Malcolm Harkins, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cylance

In 2019, AI-based technology could learn what’s sensitive and category it. This development will require a higher level of management and controlling data.

Rajarshi Gupta, head of AI at Avast

Ending the clone phishing is indispensable the role of AI. “I predict AI will become effective in dealing with these clone phishing attacks by detecting short-lived websites built for phishing. AI can move faster than traditional algorithms when identifying fake sites…” Rajarshi said.

Encouragement of new ideas, concepts, standards, norms, models, and innovations relating to AI is AIWS Initiative’s goal. For that purpose, the AIWS Standards and Practice Committee has continuously built the AIWS 7-Layer Model, a set of ethical standards for AI so that this technology is safe, humanistic, and beneficial to society.

UK invests £26.6 million in developing micro-robots to work in dangerous environment

Working in underground pipe systems not only wastes too much time and money, but also puts human in danger. Recently, the UK government decided to invest millions in developing micro-robots to work in and reach hazardous environment.

Small robots will be set up in underground pipe to make repairs. They could reach unsafe locations like offshore windfarms and nuclear decommissioning facilities.

With a £7.2 million government investment, scientists from four British universities led by a professor at the University of Sheffield, Kirill Horoshenkov, will develop devices which are 1 cm long with sensors and navigation systems.

As part of a £26.6 million investment by the UK government, it is hoped that devices will spell the end for disruption caused by the 1.5 million road excavations that happen annually.

A further 14 projects will focus on how to use robotics in hazardous environment with a fund of £19.4 million.

Skidmore said: “While for now we can only dream of a world without roadworks disrupting our lives, these pipe-repairing robots herald the start of technology that could make that dream a reality in the future.”

Sir Mark Walport, UKRI’s chief executive, said: “The projects announced today demonstrate how robots and artificial intelligence will revolutionize the way we carry out complex and dangerous tasks, from maintaining offshore wind farms to decommissioning nuclear power facilities.

“They also illustrate the leading role that the UK’s innovators are playing in developing these new technologies which will improve safety and boost productivity and efficiency.”

This project could be a step forward in developing robots and applications in society. However, there is still a need for control from humans. Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute are studying the ethical framework for safely using robots and AI with the AIWS Initiative.

Why the overestimation of Artificial Intelligence is dangerous

“Artificial Intelligence has great potential to change our lives, but it seems that the term is being overused,” said Zachary Lipton, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Billions of dollars are invested in AI startups, or AI projects at giant companies. The problem is, opportunities are overshadowed by those who claim too much about technological power.

At the MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference, Zachary Lipton warned that hype would blur the followers of its limitations. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish between what is real progress and what is not an exaggeration.

AI technology is known as deep learning, it is very powerful in image recognition, voice translation and now it can help power everything from self-driving cars to translation applications on smartphones.

But technology still has significant limitations. Many deep learning models only work well with huge amounts of data. They often struggle in conditions of rapid changes in the real world.

In his presentation, Lipton also highlighted the tendency of AI boosters to claim human-like capabilities for the technology. The risk is that AI bubbles will make people believe in dominant algorithms like autonomous vehicles and clinical diagnoses.

“Policymakers don’t read the scientific literature,” warned Lipton, “but they do read the clickbait that goes around.” The media here is really complicated because it doesn’t work well enough to distinguish real strengths and PR tricks.

Lipton is not the only researcher to ring a warning bell. In the recent post, “Artificial Intelligence-The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet,” Michael Jordan, a professor at University of California, Berkeley, says that “AI is all too often bandied about as “an intellectual wildcard,” and this makes it harder to think critically about the technology’s potential impact.”

As AI is deployed to be used by business, industry, and private citizens, it is essential to that AI technologies remain benevolent and free from risk of misuse, error, or loss of control, according to Layer 7 of the AIWS 7-Layer Model developed by the Michael Dukakis Institute. Through Layer 7, and the Model as a whole, AIWS hopes to ensure that inviting AI into our lives will have positive effects.

10 amazing inventions of 2018

In December 2018, MIT Technology Review listed the 10 most intriguing inventions, from programmable pills to power-generating boots.

Anti-aging medicines

To find a way to live longer, scientists carried out some trial of drugs. These anti-aging pills seem to actually be working, such as mTOR inhibitors boosting elderly people’s immune systems, and senolytics eliminating the senescent cells.

Artificial synapses

Researchers at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology built a new electronic synapses. They fire millions of times faster than the ones in your brain, while using 1,000th as much energy (which is also less than any other artificial synapse to date).

DNA computing for programmable pills

Molecular circuitry offers a better way to measure, and potentially harness, cellular signaling mechanisms. A new kind of DNA circuitry can pave the way for programmable pills.

Edible electronics

The development of organic circuits that can be transferred onto food and drugs paves the way for a new era of biomonitoring. Edible electronics tattooed on your food could help track your health.

Electric planes with no moving parts

The turbineless design uses electroaerodynamic propulsion to fly. It could also herald the arrival of quieter, lower-emission aircraft.

Electricity-generating boots

Embedded in a boot heel, a microfluidic device harvests energy from human footsteps. This device can generate an electrical current which might be enough to power small communication devices.

Group brain-to-brain communication

The possibility of thoughts communication that used to be considered science fiction is now turned into reality. Andrea Stocco (University of Washington) announced the success of the world first brain-to-brain network called BrainNet. The system allows a small group to play a puzzle like Tetris.

Phones that shoot a million frames per second

Researchers have developed an image-processing trick that allows any electronic camera to take ultra-high-speed images (a million frames per second) – but only in black and white. This is a nifty way to process data from a smartphone camera.

Secure quantum communications via satellite

Quantum cryptography has never been possible over long distances. However, a Chinese satellite known as Micius made possible an unhackable videoconference between Vienna and Beijing, two cities half a world apart. This Chinese satellite uses quantum cryptography for secure videoconference between continents.

Seeing through walls using Wi-Fi

With a smartphone and some clever computation, researchers can exploit ambient signals to track individuals in their own homes. Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought by detecting how his movements distort the Wi-Fi’s signals nearby.

Here are the top 10 inventions. These inventions show a tremendous development of technology, and also pose a question: “How to use technologies for good purposes?” This is the problem that many experts of Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute are studying.

Club de Madrid adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

The World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA – CdM) participated in the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration from 8th to 11th of December in Marrakech, Morocco.

A number of members of WLA – CdM attended various dialogues and side-events of the Intergovernmental Conference held in Marrakech. They were Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Mary Robinson, Michelle Bachelet, and Antonio Guterres.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel was present to witness this agreement, with Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid, Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, and Antonio Vitorino, International Organization for Migration (IOM) General Director. Most members highlighted the non-binding aspect of the Global Compact. The most important aspect is having an international tool about migration and the relevance of the topic for relations among the countries, development and security, among others.

Johnson-Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia, placed the emphasis on the contribution to the global economy and denounced the abuse and exploitation caused by the decrease of free movement in Libya and other Mediterranean nations. The Spanish Prime Minister declared the opening of Fund for migrant’s integration and a conference about Desertification and Migration that will be held in Almeria, Spain in the next year. Additionally, Manuela Carmena appealed for UN’s support to make origin and host cities closer to facilitate migrant’s settlement.

In the time of the second day of the Conference, a Shared Societies Project agent, Clem McCartney, arbitrated in the dialogues aspect of the Conference, which were created parallel with the general plenary, exposing WLA – CdM Members’ support and enthusiasm to the Global Compact adoption, in accordance with main points highlighted in the Open Letter signed by WLA – CdM Members, Alfred Gusembauer and Mehdi Jomaa.

In addition to human and social issues, WLA – CdM is also involved in AI. WLA – CdM is cooperating with Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute to develop the AIWS 7-Layer Model.

2018’s milestones for the Boston Global Forum and the Michael Dukakis Institute

This year has been a remarkable journey for the Boston Global Forum (BGF) and the Michael Dukakis Institute (MDI). 2018 is a year of expansion and advancement with achievements in progress of fulfilling our mission. Taking steps and steps closer to our ultimate goal, these are the milestones we have reached so far this year:

  1. The World Leadership Alliance Conference (G7WLA- Club de Madrid) – February 25-26, 2018 in San Francisco

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan – Director of BGF & MDI participated in conference of the World Leadership Alliance Conference (G7WLA-Club de Madrid) – the world´s largest forum of democratically elected former presidents and prime ministers of G7 and OECD countries in San Francisco from February 25-26, 2018. With the theme of “Next Generation Democracy”, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan presented the AIWS Initiative with 7-Layer Model as the foundation to build Next Generation Democracy and called for a joint effort from Club de Madrid and tech giants Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and scholars from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Oxford, and Cambridge. This appeal was responded by the collaboration between the BGF and WLA-Club de Madrid with the mission of developing better models for humanity in the era of artificial intelligence.

Previously, on January 28, 2018, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan discussed with former President of Latvia Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the World Leadership Alliance, at the University of Arizona. Both leaders from the two organizations agreed to establish the cooperation between BGF and WLA. With this agreement, AIWS has attracted the highly respected former presidents and prime ministers in the World Leadership Alliance (WLA-Club de Madrid), namely former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, former Norwegian Prime Minister in building AIWS.

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan honored former President of Latvia Vaira Vike Freiberga for her dedication in building AIWS Initiative

 Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan discussed with former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien

 

  1. AIWS Roundtable in Tokyo

On April 2, 2018, Michael Dukakis Institute (MDI) and Boston Global Forum (BGF) hosted a Roundtable in Tokyo with the participation of top AI researchers and thinkers in Japan “land of rising sun”: Dr. Kazuo Yano – Chief of Hitachi’s R&D Group and the pioneer of AI technology in Japan, Professor Koichi Hamada, special adviser to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who helped build the “Abenomics” doctrine, etc. The AIWS group in Japan was led by talented Kazuo Yano since this roundtable. With this important event, AIWS thoughts and pathways have spread strongly in the land of cherry blossoms.

Guests and speakers took memorial photos in the conference

 

  1. BGF-G7 Summit Initiative – Boston

On April 25, 2018, at the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Conference in Boston, the AIWS 7-Layer Model was officially published and presented to Canada government, the host country of G7 Summit 2018 as the initiative for the G7 Conference. In this special event, Walter Langelaar – Co-founder of SAM, the world’s first AI Politician accompanied with AIWS, presented SAM as an application layer of the 7-Layer Model of the AIWS. A New York financial analysis team that created the financial and investment analysis robot used by Dow Jones, also attended the Conference and co-built the 7th layer of the AIWS.

BGF President presented the AIWS Initiative to G7 Summit through representative of Canadian government, David Alward, Consul General of Canada

Notably in this event, for the first time, BGF&MDI honored the World Leader in AI World Society Award to Secretary General of OECD Angel Gurría. The OECD Secretary-General sent a video of the acceptance speech, he praised the AIWS initiative and hoped to promote the cooperation between OECD governments for the global consensus in AI development.

OECD Secretary-General Angel Guria received the World Leader in AIWS Award

 

  1. The concepts of AI Government

On June 25, 2018, at Harvard University, BGF&MDI published the concepts of AI-Government, the 5th and 6th application layers of the AIWS 7-Layer Model.

 

  1. Vietnam’s breakthrough strategy for AI Economy

On July 23, 2018, MDI developed Vietnam’s breakthrough strategy for AI Economy. The strategy was built by Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of BGF&MDI and Professor Jason Furman – Harvard University, Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers of President Barack Obama according to the proposal of the Government of Vietnam.

On July 25, 2018 at Vietnam CEO Summit 2018 with the theme of “Age of Artificial Intelligence and Vietnamese Enterprises”, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan and Professor Jason Furman presented about the AIWS and Vietnam’s breakthrough strategy for AI Economy to leaders of largest enterprises in Vietnam.

 

  1. The interview with Governor Michael Dukakis

On August 2018, the AIWS initiative drew the attention of US’s press. On August 9, 2018, Bob Salsberg – Associated Press conducted an interview with Governor Michael Dukakis about the AIWS Initiative which later published on many major media channels such as AP, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC News, US News and Reports etc.

Photo of Professor Michael Dukakis – AIWS co-author are published by major newspapers in the US

 

  1. The first AIWS Conference: AI- Government and AI Arms Races and Norms

On September 20, 2019, the first AIWS Conference was organized by BGF at Harvard with the presence of influential professors from Harvard University, MIT, Tufts, Brown…, focusing on building the core principle for the AI-Government.

Professor Joseph Nye, the father of “soft power” to speak at the AIWS Conference

 

  1. BGF & MDI and the Conferences of World Leadership Alliance in Northern Europe

In September and October 2018, the influences of AIWS Initiative spread and conquered the elite in Northern Europe through a series of World Leadership Alliance (WLA-CdM) Conferences.

On September 28-29, 2018, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan attended the Conference in Riga, On October 17, 2018 he participated the policy dialogue of WLA-CdM in Lisbon. Through these events, MDI has attracted many politicians’ participations in building the AIWS, namely former Finnish President, former Prime Minister of Norway, former EU President.

Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan discussed at the WLA-CdM conference in Lisbon (October 17)

Former Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik and Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan discussed at the Lisbon Conference

 

  1. 13th International Symposium “Intelligent Systems -2018”

On October 22, 2018, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan delivered a keynote lecture on the concepts of AIWS and AI-Government in the 13th International Symposium “Intelligent Systems-2018” organized by three major universities in Russia at Saint Petersburg.

 

  1. The Public Voice Symposium on AI, Ethics, and Fundamental Rights

On October 23, 2018, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan was a panelist in the Symposium and had discussions with the Ministers of Information and Communications of governments in the EU community in Brussels.

Photo: Under the moderation of President Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center, (EPIC), Panel 2 of the Symposium had the presence of Ms. Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO); Ms. Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland; Ms. Andrea Jelinek, Chair, European Data Protection Board, and Head, Austria Data Protection Authority, and Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI).

 

  1. The AI World Conference and Expo (December 3-5, 2018, Boston)

President Michael Dukakis was honorably chosen to deliver the opening remarks at the AI World Conference and Expo. At this event, on December 4, 2018, President Eliot Weinman of the AI World Conference and Expo announced a strategic partnership with BGF&MDI to organize the AI-Government Conference from June 24-26, 2019 at Washington DC. Mr. Eliot Weinman, Head of the Event Organizing Committee, was also pleased to announce the first Government AIWS Ethics and Practices Index developed by MDI.

MDI Director – Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan is the lead speaker in the panel on the AI-Government at the event. With AIWS Index and AI-Government, MDI has gradually affirmed its pioneering position.

President Michael Dukakis delivered opening remarks at the AI ​​World Conference and Expo held in Boston from December 3-5, 2018

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan presented the basic principles of the AI-Government at the AI World Conference and Expo in Boston, December 4, 2018

 

  1. Global Cybersecurity Day 2018

On December 12, BGF&MDI held the Global Cybersecurity Day 2018. In this event, MDI awarded President Sauli Niinistö – President of the Republic of Finland as the World Leader for Peace and Cybersecurity for his contributions to building a Smart Government to effectively serve his citizens. President Niinistö expressed his honor to receive this award and emphasized that countries should make every effort to increase citizens’ awareness in all areas of society and strengthen cooperation among nations, as well as rules for international borders.

President Sauli Niinistö – President of the Republic of Finland received the World Leader for Peace and Cybersecurity

 

  1. The first AI World Society Distinguished Lecture at Loeb House, Harvard December 12, 2018.

Notably, Rt. Hon. Liam Byrne MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Hodge Hill, Shadow Digital Minister, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth, delivered the first AI World Society Distinguished Lecture at the Global Cybersecurity Day. In the speech, he focused on the changes occurred in our society the last decade, and how it affected the society and market along with the risks and challenges. In conclusion, he called for the join force of lawmakers and change makers to reshape those constraints.

Excellent politician Liam Byrne MP presented the first Artificial Intelligence World Society Distinguished Lecture on December 12, 2018

Also in the event, Dr. Thomas Creely, Associate Professor of Ethics, Director of Ethics & Emerging Military Technology Graduate Program, U.S. Naval War College, on behalf of the authors group, presented the AIWS Report about AI Ethics and published the Government AIWS Ethics Index.

 

  1. The AIWS House at Dalat University, Vietnam

On December 16, 2018, leaders of MDI discussed with leaders and scholars from Dalat University (DLU-Vietnam) to support the establishment of the AI World Society House and AI World Society Innovation Program at Dalat University. The two programs are considered “nucleus” for DLU to become a pioneer in research, teaching and application of AI in Vietnam. In this collaborative support mechanism, DLU will operate and manage the activities of the AIWS House and MDI will advise and supervise to ensure quality, efficiency and achievement of goals.

In the afternoon of December 16, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of BGF&MDI appeared on the Talk show “Leadership and Innovative Spirit in the era of Artificial Intelligence” held by Dalat University, Vietnam. The anchor was Journalist Ta Bich Loan, Director of Vietnam Televisions VTV3 Channel. Mr. Nguyen Anh discussed about the spirit of leadership and innovation and the importance of these qualities in the era of Artificial Intelligence.

After a year since the AIWS Initiative was born, AIWS has spread its significant influence to the world’s leading science and technology centers as well as political and cultural centers. From a group of scholars at Harvard University and MIT, AIWS has gathered great minds, progressive ideas, and new human thoughts to identify both promising and challenging issues that have been questioned by the development of AI technology. From a cross-century vision, stemming from a noble mission, AIWS has become a beautiful ideal, a great desire for the better future of mankind.

AI Based Media-Rich Fake News Detection

On December 12, 2018 Shivam Parikh, University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences presented the result of his work with Associate Professor Pradeep Atrey, University at Albany on detecting fake news in the event of the Global Cybersecurity Day 2018, is organized by Boston Global Forum (BGF) and Michael Dukakis Institute (MDI), at Loeb House, Harvard.

The authenticity of information has become a longstanding issue affecting businesses and society and many researchers around the globe have been trying to understand the basic characteristics of the problem. Shivam Parikh and Pradeep Atrey’s study looks at the challenges associated with detecting fake news and existing detection approaches.

“Fake news can be any anything that is designed to change people’s opinion, convince its readers to believe in something that is not true,” said Parikh, who works as a systems developer analyst for ITS at University at Albany. He showed some specific examples of fake news and emphasized the serious impact of this growing problem “with the social media on the rise, fake news stories are very reachable and have a very high impact factor.”

At the same time, Parikh presented a categorization of some existing potential approaches, their key characteristics and their respective advantages and limitations. Methods mentioned are:

  • Linguistic Features based Methods: The approach is about using/extracting key linguistic features from fake news;
  • Deception Modeling based Methods: The process of clustering deceptive vs. truthful stories relies on theoretical approaches;
  • Clustering based Methods Clustering: a known method to compare and contrast a large amount of data;
  • Predictive Modeling based Methods: this method follows a logistic regression model based on training data set of 100 out of 132 news reports;
  • Non-Text Cues based Methods: this mainly focused on the non-text content of the news content

In conclusion, the researcher highlights 4 key open research challenges that can guide future research on fake news detection:

  1. Multi-modal Data-set: This opens up an opportunity for researchers to create a multi-modal data-set that covers all the fake news data types.
  2. Multi-modal Verification Method: This calls for verification of not just language, but images, audio, embedded content (i.e. embedded video, tweet, Facebook post) and hyperlinks (i.e. links to different URLs).
  3. Source Verification: Source of the news story has not been done in proposed existing methods, this calls for a new fake news detection method that can perform source verification and considers the source in evaluating fake news stories.
  4. Author Credibility Check: One of the methods proposes that detecting tone of a news story to detect fake news, research challenge could be that author credibility check allows system to detect chain of news written same author or same group of authors to detect fake news.

Parikh continues working on these issues and he believes better understanding in the field will assist in improving the accuracy of the detection of fake news and misinformation in the future.

The UK is currently sponsoring an autonomous drone weapon’s research

A recently published report named Off the Leash: The Development of Autonomous Military Drones in the UK reveals that the UK’s Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) is funding research for autonomous lethal drone.

The report indicates that the Ministry of Defense (MoD) funded many autonomous weapon programs. Among these projects, the work on the Taranis drone was highlighted: it is the culmination of more than ten years working by BAE Systems, a British multinational defense, security, and aerospace company. The Taranis drone is valued at 200 million pounds with the capability to fly, plan the route, locate and kill target without direct human input.

Despite concrete evidence, the MoD denied its involvement in developing this weapon: “There is no intent within the MoD to develop weapon systems that operate entirely without human input. Our weapons will always be under human control as an absolute guarantee of oversight, authority, and accountability,” said MoD representative.

The result of the study causes the fear of these robots’ deployment in the future and potential arms race to take place. “Without a ban, there will be an arms race to develop increasingly capable autonomous weapons. These will be weapons of mass destruction. One programmer will be able to control a whole army.” said Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW Sydney.

In response to the threat, a global consensus in AI development is needed to prevent development of weapons or technologies that are likely to cause harm to humanity or have purpose of causing or facilitating injury to human. At the moment, together with the AIWS Standards and Practice Committee, the Michael Dukakis Institution is also taking actions to draw the attention of UN, OECD countries to call for an AI Peace Treaty that prohibits the creation, stockpiling, and use of those weapons.

The first AI to track patient’s health by using fingernail sensor

IBM has successfully created the first prototype of fingernail sensor, which can supervise a person’s condition.

Skin-based sensors commonly help monitor our motion, muscle, and nerve cells; it can also indicate emotional status.

This new prototype of fingernail sensor was developed by IBM with a unique feature that analyzes fingernail bends, for instance, the tactile sensing of pressure, temperature, surface textures of our fingernails when we use them for gripping, grasping, and even flexing and extending our fingers. “This deformation is on the order of single digit microns and not visible to the naked eye,” said Katsuyuki Sakuma, from IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York.

By attaching strain gauges to the fingernail, it collects accelerometer data and sends to a smartwatch, which is installed machine-learning algorithms. It will evaluate bradykinesia, tremor, and dyskinesia to detect Parkinson’s disease. This creation could contribute significantly to the potential development of “a new device modeled on the structure of the fingertip that could one day help quadriplegics communicate,” noted Sakuma.

However, having an AI device attached to our hand to detect symptoms might result in unwanted consequences if the installment is not done cautiously. To ensure the safety of users, data governance, accountability, development standards, and the responsibility for all practitioners involved directly or indirectly in creating AI must be taken into careful consideration, according to Layer 3 of the AIWS 7-Layer Model developed by the Michael Dukakis Institute.

Sunspring – the story told by AI

Sunspring’s first debut was in Sci-fi London Film Festival 2016; the story was set in a miserable world with extremely high unemployment rate, which attracted a certain number of fans. However, the most surprising feature about the film was its screenwriter – an Artificial Intelligence bot.

One of the common reviews about the movie was “amusing but strange”, it was spotted in character’s dialogues that the sentences rather sound unrelated and random. Nevertheless, AI’s work on background music and visual images were excellent. This spurred the idea of human- machine collaboration in storytelling.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab recently looked into the potential for this combination in video storytelling. Before getting into the research, it is found that a story’s emotional arc affects the audience engagement greatly. The most fascinating story usually provokes strong emotional response.

By working with McKinsey’s Consumer Tech and Media team to program a machine-learning algorithm to be a moviegoer. Using deep neural networks, it estimates positive or negative emotional content by second harvested from short videos, movies, TV… “Watching” the opening of Up – an animated film which was a popular hit, the computer drew a graph of emotional arc based on its visual effects and sound.

After having the model watched thousands of videos and constructing emotional arcs for each one, researchers classified the stories into families of arcs. Among more than 500 Hollywood movies and another with almost 1,500 short films found on Vimeo, the data was divided into 5 groups of families. The next step was to analyze and predict the audience engagement on social media. After running on test on several of families, two stories that attracted the most engagement both culminate with a positive emotional bang found in the climax. Hence, it could be concluded that positive emotions generate greater engagement. Not only are there more in number of engagement but these comments are also longer and passionate as well.

In general, the idea of human collaborating with machine is no longer science fiction. But it also requires regulations for this co-operation. Developing rules and ethical guidelines for AI are what the AIWS is working on, with the development of Layer 1, AIWS hopes to establish a responsible code of conduct for AI Citizens to ensure that AI is safely integrated into human society.

Chinese spies are accused of hacking into US tech and industry giants

Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, nationals and residents of China were inculpated for stealing trade secrets and other sensitive information from U.S. tech companies in the latest indictment unveiled by the Justice Department.

The two hackers from China were charged with three counts including computer hacking, conspiracy to commit fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The prosecutor claimed that they were part of a Beijing-backed group dubbed APT10, which had worked with many security companies in China. The men are accused of stealing “hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive data” in aviation, space and satellite technology manufacturing and many key sectors. The victims of the crime were not mentioned. It was said that the Chinese hackers had targeted the customer’s data of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM as well as personal information including salary, emails, birthday, and social security number of 100,000 U.S Navy Personnel.

Dmitri Alperovitch, Chief Technology Officer at CrowdStrike, who were honored by BGF as the Practitioner in Cybersecurity 2016, which has tracked APT10 in recent years, called the Justice Department’s move “unprecedented and encouraging” to take action against China.

“Today’s announcement of indictments against Ministry of State Security (MSS), whom we deem now to be the most active Chinese cyber threat actor, is another step in a campaign that has been waged to indicate to China that its blatant theft of IP is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” he said. “While this action alone will not likely solve the issue and companies in US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan will continue to be targeted by MSS for industrial espionage, it is an important element in raising the cost and isolating them internationally.”

Vaira Vike-Freiberga on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal – Doha Forum 2018

On 15-16 December, the Doha Forum 2018 took place in a forward-looking platform for policy makers from all over the world to discuss how we enhance and optimize on cooperation between different perspectives, expertise, countries and organizations. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid, a member of BGF’s Board of Thinkers, discussed the challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a plenary session at the Forum.

Vaira Vike-Freiberga was a member of Independent Team of Advisors, which gave recommendations based on analysis regarding the changing role of the UN development system considering the 2030 Agenda, the development program that is meant to implement the SDGs. She participated in the discussion session with Ahrim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Key points highlighted in her recommendation for 2030 Agenda includes:

Achieving the SDGs will take commitment and belief

As the financial resolution addressed by Ahrim Steiner, she claimed additional requirements to achieve the goals, including commitment and belief. “It takes commitment and belief in the ability of the human race to sustain a planet that it will not self-destroy, but that will continue to thrive and develop” said Vike-Freiberga.

A common Agenda for states with different priorities

Since there are 193 UN Member States there is no way all of them could take the same approach to adopting of Agenda 2030. “It would take a bold soul to claim that all nations sitting at the UN General Assembly have hearts beating at the same rhythms and minds committed to the same ideals,” said the President of the World Leadership Alliance.

Technology: ally or foe?

Following the priorities of states, technology was mentioned in her speech. She emphasized the potential result of unequal access to technology between states. “Modern technologies will allow people in remote areas to have access to education. If you couldn’t bring teachers to the students, technology can bring them the information that they need.”

The role of the SDGs in global governance

Rising inequality and the fact that the “GINI index is growing in both developed and undeveloped countries” mean that a common agenda for development is even more necessary. “If this is not reversed, a significant part of the world will not have reached the SDGs by 2030”, said Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

Leadership and Innovative Spirit in the era of AI

On December 16, 2018, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of Boston Global Forum; Director of the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation appeared on the Talkshow “Leadership and Innovative Spirit in the era of Artificial Intelligence” held by Dalat University, Vietnam. The anchor was Journalist Ta Bich Loan, Director of Vietnam Televisions VTV3 Channel.

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of Boston Global Forum; Director of the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation appeared on the Talkshow “Leadership and Innovative Spirit in the era of AI”

The program was organized by the leaders of the Dalat University and broadcasted on Vietnamese Lam Dong and VTV3 Television. Being an alumnus of Dalat University; and currently CEO of Boston Global Forum; Director of the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (US), Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan was invited as a guest speaker to share his ideas with many students and professionals in the Dalat University.

Students and lecturers of the Dalat University participating in the Talkshow

Not only did Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan explained to his audience the concept and importance of artificial intelligence nowsadays, he also noted that the spirit of innovation, daring to think and do differently are the most identified qualities of great leaders to capture the new trend of the future and lead in the society of Artificial Intelligence.

The conversation is all very respectful and at times funny. Toward the end of the interview, Journalist Ta Bich Loan and Mr. Nguyen Anh discussed about the spirit of leadership and why the era of Artificial Intelligence needs a spirit of leadership and innovation.

This event is considered one of the university’s most visited events in recent years.

Highlights from The Global Cybersecurity Day 2018

On December 12, 2018, The Global Cybersecurity Day 2018 was held at Loeb House, Harvard University, under the moderation of Governor Michael Dukakis – Chairman of the Boston Global Forum (BGF) and the Michael Dukakis Institute (MDI).

The goal of Global Cybersecurity Day is to inspire shared responsibility of the world’s citizens to protect the Internet’s safety and transparency. This year’s conference revolved around the theme “AI solutions solve disinformation.” During the discussion, experts explored the current state of cybersecurity and the threat posed by disinformation, anonymous sources, and fake news, as well as the role AI can play as an effective defense mechanism against these threats to truth and the principles of democracy.

Highlighted in this event were the online speeches of prominent speakers: President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono, and Rt. Hon. Liam Byrne MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham. Especially, Liam Byrne delivered the first AI World Society Distinguished Lecture, which had strongly impact to the audiences. Their speeches at the symposium stated the current situation as well as called for the public awareness of protecting their safety on Internet.

At this event, Dr. Thomas Creely, Associate Professor of Ethics, Director of Ethics & Emerging Military Technology Graduate Program, U.S. Naval War College, on behalf of the authors group, presented the AIWS Report about AI Ethics and published the Government AIWS Ethics Index. This proposal is expected to build common standards for an AI society around the world, from technology, laws, conventions, etc. to guarantee the interoperability among different frameworks and approaches between countries.

The presentation of Cameroon Hickey from Information Disorder Lab, Shorenstein Center for Media on fake news also received much of the audience’s attention. The report brought people conscience about the definition and classification of information disorder and its challenging impact to our society.