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The Global Forum @ Casa de Campo will analyze “Artificial Intelligence: Progress or Threat to Humanity?” on April 14th, according to a press release from the Global Democracy and Development Foundation (Funglode), which is hosting and organizing the event along with the resort that will be the venue: Casa de Campo Resort and Villas, La Romana, Dominican Republic. Distinguished national and international experts will discuss the challenges facing AI development for humanity in the 21st century. The forum will feature the famous robot Sophia as a novelty.

The fourth edition of the forum will take place on Friday, April 14, 2023, and will be a hybrid event held at the Casa de Campo Resort and Villas’ Marina Riverside Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event will be broadcast live on the digital platforms of the president of Funglode and former president of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernández (@leonelfernandez), and Funglode (@funglode).

Dr. Marco Herrera, Funglode’s executive director, will introduce the meeting. Then Dr. Leonel Fernández will explain the forum’s objectives with a reflection on the central theme, “Artificial Intelligence: Progress or Threat to Humanity?”

Dr. David Hanson, president of Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based company that developed the robot, Sophia, will present on the topic “Human Emulation in AI and Robots for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and Machine Sentience Through Human-Like Embodiment and Integrative Humanities.”

Sophia, a realistic humanoid capable of displaying human expressions and interacting with people, helps promote public debate on the ethics of AI and the future of robotics. Sophia will give a special presentation and interview Dr. Leonel Fernández.

Ulrike Till, director of IP and the Division of Frontier Technologies at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will speak on “What Governments are Doing on AI Regulation?”

Three panels and two exhibitions will follow.

Panel 1

Moderator: Lic. María Waleska Álvarez, president of Education Action (EDUCA) and president of the Caribbean NAP.

Dr. Fabrizio Dell’Acqua, postdoctoral researcher and professor at Harvard Business School and the Innovation Sciences Laboratory at Harvard University. Topic: “Interaction between AI and humans in the business environment.”

Dr. Christine Custis, Director of Programs and Research, Partnership on AI. Topic: “Our future with AI: An inclusive and equitable approach.”

Alba Medina, president of the Ibero-American Association of Artificial Intelligence. Topic: “Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence.”

Pere Vila Fumas, Director of Technological Strategy and Digital Innovation at the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (RTVE), will give a closing speech on “Advances in AI in Journalism, HIPERIA, and the IVERES Project.”

Panel 2

Moderator: Eddy Martínez, Executive Vice President of the Santo Domingo Cyber Park.

Dr. Fernando Herrero, Director General of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, City of Madrid. Topic: “Risks and Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence for Regions and Cities.”

Dr. Jennifer deWinter, Dean of the Lewis College of Science and Letters, Illinois Institute of Technology, IIT. Topic: “The Future of Intelligent Work: AI, Robots, and Human Naivety.”

Dr. Federico Álvarez, Executive Director of the Science and Technology Foundation (Fundación de Ciencia y Tecnología). Topic: “The Impact of AI on the Labor Market.”

Panel 3

Moderator: Dr. Eduardo Selman, former Minister of Culture of the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Kate Crawford, a leading AI researcher and professor at the University of Southern California. Topic: “The Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence.”

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, founder of Sinovation Ventures and former president of Google China. Topic: “AI and the Future of Geopolitics.”

Dr. José Ignacio Latorre, physicist and professor at the University of Barcelona. Topic: “Quantum Computing, AI, and the Emergence of Superintelligence.”


In addition to the panels, the forum will feature two exhibitions showcasing the latest developments in AI and robotics. The first exhibition, “AI: The Future of Work,” will feature companies and startups showcasing their latest AI innovations and how they impact the job market.

The second exhibition, “Robots: The Future of Humanoids,” will showcase the latest humanoid robots and their capabilities, including Sophia, who will be available for demonstrations and interactions throughout the day.

The Global Forum @ Casa de Campo is a prestigious event that brings national and international experts together to discuss pressing issues facing humanity. This year’s forum on “Artificial Intelligence: Progress or Threat to Humanity?” promises to be an insightful and informative event featuring some of the world’s leading experts in the field of AI and robotics.

Those interested in attending can register on the event’s official page: