“Bridging the Digital Divide in Industry and Manufacturing”: Insights from the 20th UNIDO General Conference’s AI Thematic Event

Vienna, 30 November, 2023 –Day 4 at the 20th session of the General Conference of UNIDO provided illuminating insights from discussions that unfolded at “Inclusive AI – Bridging the Digital Divide in Industry and Manufacturing” – a thematic side event organized as part of the UNIDO initiative Global Alliance on Artificial Intelligence for Industry and Manufacturing (AIM Global).

Experts from diverse backgrounds delved into the current state of AI, examining challenges and opportunities arising from its deployment across a spectrum of fields, which included AI governance, policies and regulatory frameworks, the role of standards and quality assurance mechanisms to enable global coordination in AI deployment, ethical concerns, academia’s contribution to AI development and application, skills upgrading, fostering trust in AI-powered transition and game-changing AI technologies for inclusivity and sustainability. They also provided a number of actionable insights and solutions to ensure responsible AI use, addressing the imperative need for more inclusive and sustainable development, in particular:

Mr. Davit Sahakyan, Deputy Minister of High-Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia, detailed how Armenia, supported by UNIDO, strategically integrates AI into governance and drives sustainability across industrial sectors with the help of AI and digital technologies.

Ms. Clara Neppel, Senior Director of European Business Operations, IEEE Technology Centre GmbH, provided insights into the role of technical standardization and quality assurance mechanisms supporting global cooperation initiatives in the field of AI.

Mr. Anatolii Marushchak, as the General Secretary of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), shed light on the invaluable contributions from academia, shaping the trajectory of AI development through fostering skills and developing ethical frameworks and guidelines for responsible AI practices.

Mr. Michał Dżoga, Government Partnerships Director of EMEA Region, outlined Intel Corporation’s transformational impact on AI in manufacturing, exemplifying how technology giants play a pivotal role in shaping the ethical future of AI. Stay updated with the latest news regarding UNIDO’s AIM Global: https://aim.unido.org and join us in exploring how AI is emerging as a critical force, reshaping industries and global manufacturing processes, while also serving as a catalyst for inclusive and sustainable change.

Watch the recorded session at #GC20 (timecode 2:45:00) here.


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