17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention
Communication is the backbone of our society. Communication and the mediums of communication have evolved alongside the human civilization. There used to be a time when humans communicated via drums, smoke signals, mirrors, and musical instruments. With the exponential growth of technology starting in the 20th century, telecommunications was born. From prehistoric man with their signal fires to the smartphone-wielding high-powered executives of today, communication still remains a key for survival and success.
What is telecommunication? Modernisation through the use of telephones, radio, and computers has brought people closer. Information travels around the globe, and this is very crucial in the development of any field.
The true ‘jump’ in terms of quality came with the advent of electricity. Electromagnetic energy, in fact, is able to transport information in an extremely fast way, in a way that previously had no equals in terms of costs reliability.
World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.
Every year ITU announces a theme for telecom fraternity to observe and pursue.
2018 Theme: Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for All Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is taking center stage with a lot of impact on people’s lives. AI’s potential power is being exploited and developed at an unprecedented speed. AI brings us many opportunities and challenges. AI will greatly change our economy and society.
ITU, in its role of Specialized UN Agency for ICT services and technologies, wishes to work with Academia, researchers, industries, Administrations and Governments, UN Agencies, as well as other stakeholders and partners, to facilitate the AI development, to bring the benefits of AI to all.
The 2018 theme will allow ITU Membership and other key stakeholders to focus on the opportunities for how AI can help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
WTISD-18 will coincide with the second edition of the Artificial Intelligence for Good Global Summit at the ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
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