AI spokesperson for children amplifies their voices


Wednesday, 04 October, 2023

AI spokesperson for children amplifies their voices

A digital spokesperson for children, generated by artificial intelligence, has been unveiled at an event in Denmark.

‘Uni’ was created using artificial intelligence to amalgamate 80 faces and voices of children. It was recently showcased at the third edition of the Children's General Assembly in Billund, Denmark.

The AI spokesperson delivered a manifesto and 40 ideas generated by the children who attended the event from across the globe, aiming to address the world’s challenges.

According to Charlotte Sahl-Madsen, Secretary General of Children’s General Assembly, Uni and the children’s way of approaching challenges can inspire on multiple levels.

“In this year's Children's General Assembly, children are trying to engage with contemporary tools like AI to devise a visual solution that can generate buzz and increase attention, providing them with a stronger unified and compelling voice. This is a symbol of the way children approach finding solutions to challenges, which far more politicians and businesses should take inspiration from,” Sahl-Madsen said.

“Uni sets a fresh standard for efficiently collecting relevant insights from many people and cleverly consolidating them into a unified entity, which creates a foundation for concrete actions.”

Leading up to the September Summit, the children engaged in workshops and collaborative sessions. Through creative exercises, playful learning and co-creation, they crafted a manifesto presented at the summit by Uni alongside the children, and an idea catalogue containing 40 ideas addressing global challenges. The ideas were mainly focused on STEAM, mental health, children’s safety, and awareness of the importance of children’s voices.

“From furthering education, fostering health and safety, and amplifying children’s voices, there’s a lot to be done. We’re not just children with dreams; we’re creative world citizens. It’s crucial for grown-ups to listen to us. We understand the challenges we face, and we have great ideas to make things better. Investing in children today means investing in a better world tomorrow,” the manifesto stated.

All materials, including the manifesto, idea catalogue and livestream from the September Summit were handed directly to the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth for distribution to the UN General Assembly.

Image caption: Uni.

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