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Humankind is facing global challenges that are placing people and the planet under stress and in great uncertainty.

At the same time, breakthroughs in science and technology are occurring at an unprecedented pace – but the full ramifications of these breakthroughs are not always evident.

Anticipation, therefore, is key to building the future by fully leveraging the potential of new science and technology advances to improve well-being and promote inclusive development.

The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) Foundation was created in 2019 in Geneva to tackle this issue, as a think tank and do tank. Three fundamental and overarching questions drive its work:

Who are we, as humans? What does it mean to be human in the era of robots, gene editing and augmented reality?

How can we all live together? What technology can be deployed to help reduce inequality, improve well-being and foster inclusive development?

How can we ensure the well-being of humankind and the sustainable future of our planet? How can we supply the world population with the necessary food and energy while regenerating our planet?

AMLD EPFL 2021 / Speakers

Jeffrey R. Bohn

Chief Strategy Officer, One Concern

Olesia Altunina

ML Engineer, EPFL

William Cappelletti

Junior Machine Learning Engineer, Visium

Avital Oliver

Software Engineer, Google

Andrew Saxe

Associate Professor, UCL

Frank Schäfer

PhD Student, University of Basel

AMLD / Global partners