The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI), have joined forces to organise 14 events in close cooperation with Slovenian embassies and other permanent missions in 12 countries around the world. The aim of this effort is to set an active agenda for AI during Slovenian Presidency and to provide a basis for continuing and promoting bilateral discussions in the field of AI and sustainable development beyond the Presidency.
As the world ushers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – which is characterized by increasingly blurred lines between the digital, biological, and physical worlds – technologists are coming to grips with the opportunities of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and the Internet of Things. These and other emerging technologies offer exciting possibilities; in theory, they might allow us to galvanize unprecedented socio-economic change and democratise access to services such as the internet, education, and healthcare.
On March 29 and 30 2021, the IRCAI launch event took place. 1083 registered participants from 123 countries attended and were addressed by esteemed speakers on the first day of the event. Participants came from all geographical regions of United Nations: African, Asian-Pacific, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean and Western European states. Non-registered participants were also invited to watch the event via live streaming on YouTube. The launch was created with input from 33 active speakers and panelists.
On December 17th 2020, the Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence of the Council of Europe (CAHAI) decided at its plenary session to grant observer status to organizations that can contribute to the achievement of its objectives. IRCAI expressed interest in becoming an observer and the status was confirmed, so we will participate in CAHAI activities in 2021.
On October 1, 2020 the Government of the Republic of Slovenia received an official notification from UNESCO, confirming that all formalities required to establish the first International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) were completed. With this final act, the agreement on the establishment of IRCAI between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and UNESCO officially entered into force.