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Amandeep Singh, United Nations Envoy on Technology, reporting directly to the UN Secretary General

Amandeep Singh, United Nations Envoy on Technology on AI, godlike technology, the SDGs and urgent need for rules of engagement

"we have godlike technology, medieval institutions and Palaeolithic minds (Wilson)

… With these new technologies, our world, our societies are going to be shaped in ways that we can't even imagine today. So we need to step back and urgently focus on these institution deficits

… nuclear science was the most powerful technology that humans had invented still is, in some ways, it's one of those human made artifacts that can destroy civilization

… there are certain similarities in terms of the responsibility of scientists and technologies, the responsibility of governments to put in place rules."

Brief Profile:

Amandeep Singh Gill is the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 10 June 2022 the appointment of Amandeep Singh Gill of India as his Envoy on Technology.

Mr. Gill is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) project, based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

A thought leader on digital technology, he brings to the position a deep knowledge of digital technologies coupled with a solid understanding of how to leverage the digital transformation responsibly and inclusively for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Previously, he was the Executive Director and Co-Lead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019). In addition to delivering the report of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, Mr. Gill helped secure high-impact international consensus recommendations on regulating Artificial Intelligence (Al) in lethal autonomous weapon systems in 2017 and 2018, the draft Al ethics recommendation of UNESCO in 2020, and a new international platform on digital health and Al.

Mr. Gill was India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2016-2018). He joined his country’s Diplomatic Service in 1992 and served in various capacities in disarmament and strategic technologies and international security affairs, with postings in Tehran and Colombo. He was also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Mr. Gill holds a PhD in Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums from King’s College, London, a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Electrical Communications from Panjab University, Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University. He is fluent in English, French, Hindi and Punjabi.