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Grace, the nursing robot at the AI for Good Global Summit (Credit: UNOG/Elma Okic)

🦿Humans aren’t delivering on the SDGs. Can robots do better? In the bustling corridors of international Geneva, where discussions about regulating autonomous weapons systems, or "killer robots," have echoed for nearly a decade, a glimmer of good news emerged last week when the city welcomed an assembly of over 50 robots aimed at highlighting the positive uses of artificial intelligence (AI).

The robotic delegation and their creators occupied two floors of the Geneva convention centre during the AI for Good summit, the biggest United Nations event on AI, and had a dedicated stage to where they showcased their potential to boost the UN's languishing sustainable development goals.

“The progress towards achieving the SDG’ has been frustratingly sluggish, with a mere 12 percent currently on track,” Doreen Bogdan-Martin, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Unions (ITU), the organisation behind the event, said during her opening remarks.

“However, the AI for Good event shines a much-needed spotlight on these innovative robots, instilling hope for a significant boost in achieving those targets."

Read the full story on Geneva Solutions.

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