Dr. David Bray to Deliver AI World Society Lecture at UN Charter Day, June 26, 2019

President Truman looks on as U.S. delegate Edward R. Stettinius signs the UN Charter at the San Francisco Conference, June 26, 1945. Photo: United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law

Dr. David Bray will deliver the keynote address on “Artificial Intelligence, the Internet and the Future of Data: Where Will We Be in 2045?” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, on UN Charter Day, June 26, 2019. The lecture is presented by the Boston Global Forum and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).

Dr. Bray will focus on looking towards 2045: rapid technological change, global questions of governance, and the future of human co-existence.”

Dr. David Bray

Since 2017, Dr. Bray has served as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition, co-founded by Internet pioneer Vincent Cerf, focused on supporting community-focused projects that measurably improve people’s lives using the Internet. Dr. Bray is both a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Faculty Member for Singularity University, focused on Impact and Disruption.

He also is Chief Strategy Officer for the advanced geospatial company MapLarge and serves on the advisory boards of companies espousing human-centric solutions in a rapidly changing world. He also is a member of the Social Data Science Advisory Board at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

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.

Business Insider named Dr. Bray one of the top“24 Americans Who Are Changing the World under 40” and he is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Human-Machine Cognition. 

Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division of United Nations, will serve as moderator of a panel to follow the June 26 lecture. The invited panelists 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

The AI World Society Distinguished Lectures

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. These contributions 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

See the press release on the June 26 UN Charter Day lecture.