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Marco Zappalorto Nesta Italia

Applying Artificial Intelligence for Social Good: What is an Innovation Foundation? Video Interview with Marco Zappalorto CEO of Nesta Italia

by Rossella Guido
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I have always been fascinated by companies capable to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world.

The best ideas for solving some of the world’s most critical problems can come from anyone, anywhere.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to help tackle some of the world’s most challenging social problems. To analyze potential applications for social good, according to McKinsey, there is a library of about 160 AI social-impact use cases. They suggest that existing capabilities could contribute to tackling cases across all 17 of the UN’s sustainable-development goals, potentially helping hundreds of millions of people in both advanced and emerging countries.

I was particularly inspired about Marco’s speech at British Chamber of Commerce for Italy last week. Ho told us that Nesta launched a project last year to see what’s happening in Italy about Artificial Intelligence for Social Good: they invited innovators to send ideas on how we can use artificial intelligence to solve problems or opportunities in the art sector, in the health sector, in the cities and in education.

They found 4 amazing startups runned by innovators that are really changing the way the people think about artificial intelligence, they are now in the experimental phase so i can’t wait to follow updates they’ll share on the Nesta Italia website.

Here the Focus:

–Nesta is an innovation foundation, could you tell me more about it? 00:01
-Time for artificial intelligence has come, is possible to use artificial intelligence to sustainable goals? 00:50
-What is your vision for the future? 03:08

Marco is the Chief Executive of Nesta Italia. Marco joined Nesta in 2011 and before setting up Nesta Italia he was Head of European Development and he contributed to the set-up of Challenge Prize Centre, and led most of the Centre’s European and international work.

Prior to Nesta, Marco worked for OmniCompete (now Innocentive), managing the execution of prize competitions in a wide range of sectors for both the public and the private sector.
He also worked for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he provided advice to SMEs on European issues and opportunities. Marco holds an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Referrals:

Notes from the AI frontier: Applying AI for social good, 2018 December, McKinsey Global Institute

Nesta Italia Website: https://www.nestaitalia.org/

British Chamber of Commerce Events: https://www.britchamitaly.com/en-WR/events/bcci

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malika October 6, 2019 - 7:44 am

Great info ,good thanks.

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