AI for Good Global Summit: Interview with Vicki Hanson, President of ACM
“How do we plan for something that we can’t completely know what’s going to happen?”
This is the question that President of ACM Vicki Hanson and other thought leaders in AI hope to answer at the upcoming AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, 7-9 June.
Speaking with Stephen Ibaraki in an extensive interview on her life’s work in human-machine interaction, Hanson spoke to the intrigue of AI from the perspective of a researcher known for her life-long preoccupation with the accessibility of technology to the elderly and people with disabilities.
“I’m really interested in how humans and machines are going to be collaborating for a better future for all of us… The idea of augmenting human abilities (which I think you would expect for those of us who work in accessibility) is clearly important. I’m intrigued by a future with assistive robots for care situations.”
The AI for Good Global Summit aims to accelerate the development and democratization of AI solutions to address global challenges such as poverty, hunger, health, education, equality and the protection of our environment.
“The topics are vitally important for our whole planet,” says Hanson. “I’m interested in seeing all the different perspectives that people bring.”
Vicki Hanson currently serves as President of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). She is a Distinguished Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the USA and holds a Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Hanson is also a Visiting Professor in the Data Science Institute at Lancaster University in England. From 1986 to 2009, she was a Research Staff Member and Manager at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in New York, founding their Accessibility Research Group in 2000.