Canada chairs meeting with international counterparts to identify global AI priorities for the coming year
June 30, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario
Artificial intelligence (AI) is fast becoming one of the most impactful technologies in the world today, with great potential for generating growth, creating jobs and supporting innovation. However, it can also give rise to new challenges in areas such as privacy and governance if left unchecked. Through its leadership role in the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), Canada is working closely with international partners to ensure that AI is developed and used responsibly to the benefit of all citizens.
Today, the GPAI Council met to identify and discuss its priorities for the remainder of 2021. As the inaugural chair of the GPAI Council, Canada led the meeting, highlighting how the global AI community can work together to not only tackle challenges in areas like climate change, health and life sciences but also address the impact of AI on human rights, including gender equality.
Following the meeting, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, presented the way forward for GPAI, setting out his vision for the partnership. Through collaboration, coordination and agreement on shared values among international partners, GPAI will work toward building a global AI ecosystem that supports responsible AI innovation and use, while fostering diversity and inclusion.
The meeting also provided the opportunity for leading experts, who are collaborating as part of GPAI’s working groups, to showcase the various projects that will be undertaken this year to explore how AI can be used to address complex global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, more inclusive economic growth, and working conditions, all while leveraging novel technology solutions like data trusts or AI-driven drug discovery.