Tencent exec calls for implementation of 'AI for Good'

Global AI giant Tencent championed the human role and benefits of artificial intelligence at Ai Everything
Tencent exec calls for implementation of 'AI for Good'
Tencent’s Seng Yee Lau, Senior Executive Vice President and Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Brands
By Staff writer
Thu 02 May 2019 02:27 PM

Tencent's Seng Yee Leu called for the creation of a framework and implementation of 'AI for good' at a Dubai's Ai Everything. 

The two-day event at the Dubai World Trade Centre brought together an audience of global AI visionaries, entrepreneurs, academics, industry giants, and government leaders and futurists. 

On the second day, Tencent’s Seng Yee Lau, senior executive vice president and chairman of Group Marketing and Global Brands, delivered a keynote address, when he called for the creation of a framework and implementation of 'AI for Good'.  

Lau said 'AI for Good' is an extension of Tencent’s philosophy of 'Technology for Good'. He said humans will play a critical role in AI, and the principles of humanity will shape new possibilities for social development and elevate the quality of life of people around the world.

“We should be aware that when assessing AI’s contribution to realising the goals of sustainable development, the pivotal word is ‘Artificial Intelligence’ – it is not about ‘intelligence’ but about ‘artificial’," Lau said.

"Responsible AI is a reflection of human intervention. AI can be a very powerful tool but it must be directed by humans and only then AI can reach its full potential for driving sustainability,” he added.

Lau said while AI brings convenience to human beings, people need to co-create values for technology platforms which can then continuously evolve along with machines. The concept of 'AI for Good' imagines a future-centric world that will unlock great promise for human society.


Seng Yee Lau, Senior Executive Vice President, Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding, Tencent at Ai Everything event

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Using facial recognition software Tencent has been able to search and compare millions of missing people’s faces at a speed of 50 million images per second.

In the healthcare industry, Tencent’s AI solutions are saving lives by helping clinicians improve diagnostic accuracy and efficiency by becoming doctor's digital assistants.

As of July 2018, Tencent MIAIS, Tencent's first AI medical imaging product, had assisted doctors in reading more than 100 million medical images, serving millions of patients and suggesting 150,000 cases of high-risk lesions.

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