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­nited Nations Cito: Artificial Intelligence Will Be Humanity's Final Innovation

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United Nations Chief Information Technology Officer Atefeh Riazi.

United Nations Chief Information Technology Officer Atefeh Riazi sees innnovation in artificial intelligence at the next nexus of human technological advancement.

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In an interview, United Nations (UN) chief information technology officer Atefeh Riazi emphasizes artificial-intelligence (AI) innovation as the next nexus of human technological advancement, which she says makes it imperative people consider both the positive and negative moral and ethical implications and craft appropriate policy.

"I'm looking at the machine language, and the path we're creating for 10, 20, 30 years from now but not fully understanding the ethical programming that we're putting into the systems," Riazi says. "[Information technology (IT)] people are creating the next world. The ethical programming they do is what is in their head, and so policies are being written in lines of code, in the algorithms."

Riazi stresses the pressing need to address AI's social, cultural, and economic impact, and she says the UN is being held back in leading such dialogues because of strong political opposition. She says the root of this resistance is the notion of physical borders still existing, when the world has been virtualized by the Internet and digitization, and such boundaries are no longer relevant.

Riazi cites the paradox of IT and technology, in that their invisible risks are downplayed compared to their visible risks. "IT policy makers in particular have a responsibility to consider the ramifications and unintended consequences of rapidly-evolving innovation," she says.

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