Artificial intelligence, edtech, and social impact [Davos day three summary]

January 20, 2017 Tradeshift Editorial Team

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A record 3,000 dignitaries packed into Davos this year to discuss the most important issues facing humanity. While the fourth industrial revolution — last year’s WEF theme — and tech took a back seat to today’s hot-button political topics, not so at the Tradeshift Sanctuary.

Thursday morning kicked off with a fireside chat between Tradeshift’s Travis Bickham and artificial intelligence expert and UC Berkeley professor, Stuart Russell. They discussed the past, present, and future of AI, along with threats and opportunities, implications for leadership, and use cases. According to Russell, AI may end up being the most important technology that ever happened, apart from fire. View the full conversation:


The next panel was hosted by Matterfund, which launched its education development platform in Davos. The startup’s social graph connects funders with promising education initiatives.

Delight to share our work (missed @kylecureau & @EntangledSOL team) @matterfund & celebrate panel of pioneering social impact tech leaders

— Nathan Martin (@nathanmart) January 20, 2017

Next, Mike Butcher, Editor-at-Large, TechCrunch and Samantha Stein, founder, Hacktivation, led a discussion about what’s happening on the front lines of tech to help reach Sustainability Development Goals. Speakers included trailblazers Aurora Chisté, CEO at Hack for Big Choices, Bozhanka Vitanova, Cofounder of Yunus & Youth, and Paula Schwarz, Founder at Startupboat.

“Innovation is impossible without collaboration.” Great moment from panel: Making an Impact with Tech! #tradeshiftsanctuary #Wef17

— Tradeshift (@tradeshift) January 19, 2017


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