The Boston Global Forum (BGF) and the Michael Dukakis Institute (MDI) for Leadership and Innovation organize the AI World Society (AIWS) Distinguished Lecture to honor people who have made outstanding contributions in AI that are associated with fostering a set of norms and best practices for the development, management, and uses of AI so that this technology is safe, humane, and beneficial to society.

The AIWS Distinguished Lectures focus on the ideas and visions of the honorees that brought them to their current position of achievement and highlight actions need to help shape a better world the future. The lectures are retained as part of the historical records at AIWS House, published in an e-book and featured in a special section of the Shaping Futures Magazine. BGF and MDI promote work on a 7-layer model for AI and society [].

This time, Dr. David Bray’s future-focused AI World Society Distinguished Lecture has been named as United Nations Academic Impact Charter Day Lecture.

The Lecture will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on United Nations Charter Day June 26th, 2019 by the Boston Global Forum and United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). Dr. David Bray will deliver this keynote address on “Artificial Intelligence, the Internet and the Future of Data: Where Will We Be in 2045?”. He will focus on looking towards 2045: rapid technological change, global questions of governance, and the future of human co-existence.”

Dr. Bray’s keynote address will explore of how advances in the Internet, artificial intelligence, and data technologies transform communities and societies. By 2045, the United Nations will be 100 years old and this distinguished lecture will consider what possible changes will have occurred in the world and human societies by then.

Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division of United Nations, is the moderator

Dr. Bray’s talk will be followed by reflections of discussants and a larger conversation with the audience. The invited discussants include:

  • Fabrizio Hochschild, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations
  • David Silbersweig, Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • Nam Pham, Department of Business Development and International Trade, Massachusetts Government.
  • Mariko Gakiya , Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health