Vinton Cerf honored with World Leader in AI award

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Vinton Cerf, considered to be one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” was presented with the World Leader in AI World Society Award yesterday, at a meeting of the AI World Society in Cambridge, MA.

The AI World Society (AIWS) hosted Cerf as part of its “commitment to offer fresh ideas from the world’s most brilliant minds” to the next G7 Summit, to be held in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France on August 25–27, 2019. Cerf used the occasion to speak on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence and the future of the Internet.”

Cerf is frequently cited as a "Father of the Internet." According to the Internet Hall of Fame, Cerf codesigned the TCP/IP protocols and architecture of the Internet, and once served as chairman of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Also, as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since 2005, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google and is a public face for Google in the Internet world.

Cerf is the former senior vice president of technology strategy for MCI, where he helped guide corporate strategy from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of architecture and technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Among those participating in yesterday’s meeting of the AI World Society were former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis; Arnaud Mentré, consul general of France in Boston, who spoke on “The French Perspective on Artificial Intelligence and the G7 Summit: Professor Thomas Patterson of the AI World Society, who spoke on the “G7 Summit Initiative”; Professor Matthias Scheutz, who spoke on “Concepts for AIWS Standards”; and Paul Nemitz, who spoke on “Legal Concepts for AI - Layer 4 of the AI World Society.”

The AI World Society was created by The Boston Global Forum (BGF) to examine issues and developments centering on the role of artificial intelligence in society.

The Boston Global Forum (BGF) is a not-for-profit think tank based in Boston. Its mission is “to bring together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of esteemed academic leaders, real-world experts, thought leaders, media experts and promising young leaders, who are dedicated to seeking peaceful solutions to the contentious issues of our times.”

An offshoot of The Boston Global Forum, The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) was established in 2015 with the mission of “generating ideas, creating solutions, and deploying initiatives to solve global issues, especially focused on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.”

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