At the AI World Society – G7 Summit Conference, Boston Global Forum honored one of the Father of Internet, Vint Cerf, as World Leader in AI World Society Award. Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of the BGF delivered remarks of honor.
Below is Remarks of Honor by Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of the Boston Global Forum:
Each year at this conference we grant our World Leader in AI World Society award. I’m pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Vinton Cerf.
Vint Cerf is recognized as a father of the Internet, sharing the title with co-inventor Bob Kahn. His contributions have been widely acknowledged with a long list of honorary degrees, including doctorates from Yale and Tsinghua University, and numerous awards, including the U.S. National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Marconi Prize. He was an inaugural inductee of the Internet Hall of Fame.
After his pioneering work in developing the Internet while at the U.S, Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Mr. Cerf helped create the first commercial email system. Then, in the 1990s, along with Bob Kahn and others, he founded the Internet Society –ISOC – to provide leadership in creating Internet standards and policy. He subsequently helped found ICANN, which coordinates name and numerical spaces on the Internet, and would later serve as chairman of ICANN’s board. He serves on the advisory board of the Council on Cyber Security and is a past president of the Association for Computing Machinery,
Since 2005, Mr. Cerf has been with Google as a Vice President and its Chief Internet Evangelist, a position that has enabled him to address major issues in areas such as the environment, digital transformation, and Artificial Intelligence. AI presents both opportunity and challenge, holding out great promise while also posing substantial risk, and Mr. Cerf has been a leading voice in how AI can be used to advance society’s collective interests.
A distinguishing feature of Mr. Cerf’s long and remarkable career has been his effort to ensure that the Internet serves humanitarian values. He has been a tireless advocate of net neutrality and for making broadband technology more widely available, and has supported innovative approaches to global problems, including the digital divide and the gender gap.
The digital and internet revolution is transforming how we live, work, and connect with each other, and few individuals have made a larger and more positive contribution to that transformation than has Vint Cerf. We are honored to recognize him as this year’s recipient of the World Leader in AI World Society award.
On receiving the World Leader Award in Artificial Intelligence Society, Mr. Cerf gave a speech at the AI World Society – G7 Summit Conference. Watch the video here: Vint Cerf: One of the Fathers of the Internet received World Leader in AIWS Award.