January 4th, 2020，Taipei, Taiwan – Responding to the UN’s “2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” Taiwan AI Labs and the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Columbia University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) focusing on key collaborations in artificial intelligence (AI) and data governance. The move aims at enhancing academic cooperation and developing human-centered AI solutions to achieve the global sustainable development goals.
Yanis Ben Amor ,Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Columbia University, has over 20 years of research experience in infectious diseases, mainly tuberculosis, HIV and now COVID-19. Dr. Ben Amor has created several Digital Health tools, particularly for tuberculosis patients to facilitate their adherence, for HIV positive mothers to help them prevent vertical transmission of the virus, for malaria control programs to monitor use of resources for an effective control strategy, and more recently, for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan to provide health information and healthcare access. He has shown great importance in promoting sustainable development policies and solutions worldwide.
In the post-pandemic era, international societies build social resilience through AI-powered solutions for frontline disease detection, medical treatment, finance, tourism, and other daily life scenarios. The resilience of the global industries, on the other hand, is catching up to meet the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”’ by 2030. Cross-domain alliance has become a crucial part of the plan to foster technical innovations and to enhance global collaborations.
To bring Taiwan’s AI momentum to the world, Ethan Tu, the founder of Taiwan AI Labs, led the team to sign an MOU with the Center for Sustainable Development of Columbia University. The two parties will focus on developing AI solutions by leveraging Taiwan’s unique strengths, including 1) a streamlined COVID testing process for the hospitals and the airports; 2) cybersecurity and epistemic safety at misinformation understanding; 3) data governance and blockchain studies at Taiwan Federated Learning Alliance (TAIFA).
“Resilience is the new metric to follow in the post-COVID time. In Taiwan, it comes along with three major trends: zero-contact, net-zero emissions, and trustworthy algorithms at zero-trust cyberspace,” said Ethan Tu, founder of Taiwan AI Labs. The technologies are developed with AI-powered advanced networks, new energy, metaverse, precision healthcare, and digital literacy. We look forward to working with CSD and expanding international cooperation in the field of AI.”
In 2015, the United Nations announced the “2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” which cover issues like human equality and climate change, committing to lead and build a sustainable environment. The MOU signing highlights Taiwan’s strength in developing AI-powered solutions to tackle and support a wide range of problems.
Happy to collaborate with Taiwan AI Labs, Dr. Yanis Ben Amor responded: “the design and development of innovative solutions for addressing the challenges of sustainable development is part of the Center’s DNA. The addition of all the potential that Artificial Intelligence can bring will allow us to imagine exciting new tools and solutions to accelerate progress and help us reach the Goals by 2030. Taiwan AI Labs will be a formidable partner in this journey!”
“It’s been our pleasure to work with CSD and promote the SDGs with Taiwan’s AI soft power,” said Jason Hsu, Chief Initiative Office of the Taiwan AI Labs. “Moving forward, we use AI and machine learning technologies to create a smarter, more accurate COVID screening system. Together, we will grow into a bigger and stronger alliance and develop an AI sustainable applications blueprint.