This article was published by The Future Society in Special Projects, The AI Initiative on July 28, 2020

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CAIAC Alliance Launch

Main insight

CAIAC is a decision-making support platform designed to dynamically map and advance our common knowledge of Covid-19 and its cascading effects. Its motto is one: better decisions faster. It presents comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date insights and solutions to decision makers along the full intervention lifecycle holistically across health, social and economic issues and impacts.

Special ProjectsThe AI Initiative
July 28, 2020
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The global health, economic and social crisis of Covid-19 has mobilized unprecedented resources at national and global levels. Hundreds, if not thousands, of bottom-up and country-level initiatives are being launched in an effort to address the issue. However, the level of data and knowledge being generated is outstripping our ability to process it. Furthermore, there is minimal sharing of knowledge and best practice across these initiatives. There is no central locus to coordinate a global response. 

This is what Collective and Augmented Intelligence Against Covid-19 (CAIAC) offers.

CAIAC is a decision-making support platform designed to dynamically map and advance our common knowledge of Covid-19 and its cascading effects. Its motto is one: better decisions faster. It presents comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date insights and solutions to decision makers along the full intervention lifecycle holistically across health, social and economic issues and impacts.

The AI Initiative of The Future Society and the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) -with the generous support of the Patrick J McGovern Foundation and additional representation from UN Global Pulse, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Health Organisation – are the leading institutions behind the alliance.

For its first phase, CAIAC has engaged multilateral stakeholders to identify three core areas (use cases) in which decision makers urgently need authoritative, accurate knowledge to inform their decisions and take action:

  • Tracking / tracing of contagion chains via mobility data and AI
  • Addressing the ‘infodemic’ of false information about Covid19
  • Targeting support for marginalised groups suffering the second and third order pandemic impacts

More than just addressing Covid-19, however, CAIAC will also be there for immediate use in the face of potential future pandemics and other large scale collective action problems. It operates one level above existing initiatives incorporating NLP, Big Data and other breakthrough emerging technologies to tie them together. Building on the Global Data Access Framework, CAIAC will reduce friction in best practice entering our collective intelligence. 

The launch of CAIAC was hosted on a virtual event on July 9th 2020. 

In parallel with the UN High Level Political Forum, the launch agenda included details on the partnership related to the challenges with disparate data and determining meaningful information in the fight against the virus, as well as the importance of building multi-stakeholder collaboration. Speakers came from the private sector, academia, government, and multilateral institutions, including UNESCO, the World Bank, the WHO and UN Global Pulse, offering unique perspectives on the roadblocks and opportunities to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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