IGF 2023 Town Hall #63 Impact the Future - Compassion AI

Thursday, 12th October, 2023 (02:00 UTC) - Thursday, 12th October, 2023 (03:30 UTC)
Room C-1

Future & Sustainable Work in the World of Generative AI

Panel - 90 Min


With the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the use of generative communication technologies is becoming increasingly common. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with each other and our devices. By engaging participants interactively and mutually they can revolutionize the way to shape and frame AI systems under the Compassion AI principles. However, with this innovation comes a sense of fear and uncertainty about the impact of this technology on our society and internet communication. Our panel focuses on addressing concerns and fears associated with the use of generative communication technologies within the context of Compassion AI. The panel aims to explore the potential ethical and social implications of these technologies and discuss strategies for mitigating any negative consequences. Experts in the field will examine the challenges and risks posed by generative communication technologies, such as the potential for misinformation, deepfakes, and manipulation. They will delve into the importance of incorporating compassion and empathy in the development and deployment of these technologies to ensure ethical and responsible use. The panel will also explore ways to build trust and transparency in generative communication technologies, promoting open dialogue between developers, users, and society at large. By addressing fears and concerns, the panel seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the potential benefits and risks associated with Compassion AI, leading to informed decision-making and responsible development of these technologies. In this panel, in addition to discussions by global experts, we will witness real action - the announcement of the results of the first 'Join the rebels! Impact the future', run jointly between Global Artificial Intelligence Association GAIA (non-for-profit NGO) and its unique global network of experts engaged in the Virtual Florence format. Join us for an insightful conversation on the future of generative communication technologies and their role in shaping the development of Compassion AI - dealing with fears about information technology.

To facilitate interaction between onsite and online speakers and attendees, we will employ a combination of technological solutions and event management strategies. We will designate a dedicated moderator to ensure equal participation and effective communication between both groups. The moderator will manage the flow of the discussion, coordinate questions and comments from both onsite and online attendees, and ensure that everyone has an opportunity to contribute. Designing the session to ensure the best possible experience for both online and onsite participants is crucial. We will strive to create an inclusive and engaging environment for all attendees. To achieve this, we will ensure that both onsite and online speakers have equal opportunities to share their insights and perspectives. The session will be structured in a way that allows for active participation from both groups, with designated time slots for questions, comments, and discussions. Visual aids, such as slides or presentations, will be displayed on screens for both onsite and online participants to enhance understanding and engagement. In order to increase participation and interaction during the session, we plan to leverage complementary online tools and platforms. One such tool could be a live chat feature that allows online attendees to ask questions, share comments, and engage in discussions in real-time. This will provide an additional avenue for interaction and enable a more inclusive experience for all participants, regardless of their physical location. We may also consider utilizing polling or survey tools to gather feedback and opinions from both onsite and online attendees, fostering a sense of active involvement and collaboration. Overall, our aim is to create a seamless and inclusive experience for both onsite and online participants by employing appropriate technology, effective moderation, and interactive tools. By maximizing engagement and ensuring equal opportunities for contribution, we can foster a dynamic and enriching discussion on the fears of generative communication technologies throughout Compassion AI.


Global Artificial Intelligence Association
David Hanson; Hanson Robotics Ltd.; Asia-Pacific Group Marko Grobelnik; Artificial Intelligence Lab at Jozef Stefan Institute, Eastern European Group Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem; University of Pretoria; African Group Peter Paul Verbeek; University of Amsterdam; Eastern European Group Bryan Talebi; Ahura AI; Latin American and Caribbean Group Tak Kei Ashida; GAIA Foundation; Asia-Pacific Group Edward Pyrek; iMind Institute; Eastern European Group Damian Ciachorowski; GAIA Foundation; Eastern European Group


David Hanson; Hanson Robotics Ltd.; Asia-Pacific Group Marko Grobelnik; Artificial Intelligence Lab at Jozef Stefan Institute, Eastern European Group Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem; University of Pretoria; African Group Peter Paul Verbeek; University of Amsterdam; Eastern European Group Bryan Talebi; Ahura AI; Latin American and Caribbean Group

Onsite Moderator

Tak Kei Ashida

Online Moderator

Damian Ciachorowski


Edward Pyrek



Targets: Working on the concept of Compassion AI is important from the perspective of advancing the following sustainable development goals: Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction, and management of national and global health risks: Compassion AI can support swift and effective responses to health crises by providing information and analysis needed for decision-making on preventive measures, treatment, and risk management. By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States: Compassion AI can support teacher training by providing tools and educational materials, as well as assisting in monitoring progress in teaching and learning. Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women: Compassion AI can support the creation and development of applications and tools that aid in the empowerment of women by providing information, emotional support, and other resources necessary for equal participation in society. By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature: Compassion AI can deliver information, education, and tools that foster societal awareness of sustainable development, ecology, and ecosystems. Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth, and local and marginalized communities: Compassion AI can support these efforts by providing information, data analysis, and tools that assist in planning and managing climate-related risks. Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development: Compassion AI can support actions for equality and non-discrimination by providing tools and data for monitoring and enforcing such laws and policies. Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements: Compassion AI can support access to information, democracy, and freedom of speech by assisting in gathering, analyzing, and delivering information to society. Enhance North-South, South-South, and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology, and innovation, and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism: Compassion AI can serve as a tool for knowledge and innovation exchange, supporting cooperation and technology transfer on favorable terms for all parties. Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development: Compassion AI can assist in coordinating the actions of different stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, and civil society, to achieve coherence and synergy in approaches to sustainable development. Encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships: Compassion AI can contribute to the creation and support of such partnerships by providing data analysis, decision support, and coordination of actions.

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