Ahead of World Summit AI (11th-12th October 2023, Taets Art & Event Park, Amsterdam), we asked Dr. Martin Schaffer, Global Head of Emerging Technologies at SGS, his thoughts on the future of AI.
If you could solve any global problem in the world with AI, what would it be and why?
Key obvious issues to focus on are the root causes of climate change, along with poverty, hunger, healthcare, and energy challenges. One key element there is to democratize education, ensuring better tailored education across the world’s population.
- Ensuring responsible AI use, which highlights the importance of ethical practices and responsible implementation of AI technologies.
- Addressing talent shortages through AI applications, using Generative AI for training and recruitment, and optimizing existing resources (humans to focus on the complex “interesting” tasks while AI to address the “boring” repetitive things) to reduce the need for additional recruitment.
- Having a clear AI strategy to improve current operations and discover new revenue opportunities through systematic AI utilization. Thereby, being fully clear which role to take in the AI ecosystem/value chain.
- Ensure AI enhances humans while maintaining human control.
- Utilize AI to cure serious illnesses like cancer and AIDS.
- Employ AI to address environmental challenges and heal the planet.
Dr. Martin Schaffer is Global Head of Emerging Technologies at SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Together with his team, he explores emerging technology trends, such as AI, Cybersecurity, Distributed Ledger, Extended Reality, Quantum Computing, Web3, and Metaverse, and assesses their impact on SGS businesses by identifying both threats and opportunities. Martin also pioneered the Cybersecurity Services for SGS, establishing several cyberlabs across the SGS group. Martin’s 20+ years of experience spans emerging technology research & innovation, international team building, company development, and P&L management, but also hands on experience as cryptographer, firmware engineer and security architect in the semiconductor industry.
He is a regular speaker at international conferences, actively participates in industry associations, such as TIC Council, ECSO or Eurosmart. He was member of ENISA’s Advisory Group and since June 2020 is member of the European Commission’s Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group. Martin holds a PhD-degree in IT-security and cryptography from University of Klagenfurt in Austria.
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