Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh chaired the AI and Pandemic Response Working Group of the Global Partnership on AI during the virtual GPAI Montreal Summit which took place on 2 and 3 December 2020.
The Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) is an international initiative created by France and Canada along with Australia, the European Union, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
It is also multiparty and seeks to guide responsible development and use of AI in a spirit of respect for human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth. In order to achieve this goal, member countries will commit themselves to building bridges between theory and practice, and lend their support to cutting-edge research activities and practical implementation activities connected with AI priorities.
In collaboration with international partners and organisations, the GPAI will bring together experts from industry, civil society, governments and the academic world, who will form working groups focusing on the following themes:
Responsible Use of AI;
The Future of Work;
AI and Pandemic Response;
Innovation and Commercialisation.
In the short term, the experts involved will also focus on AI's possible contributions as a means of responding to and overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic.