Irakli Beridze, Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, United Nations

Irakli Beridze, Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, United Nations

Irakli Beridze is the Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at UNICRI, United Nations​.  



Irakli Beridze, the Head of Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at UNICRI, United Nations is here to share his vast knowledge of transformative technologies that are changing the world right now. He helped set up the center for artificial intelligence and robotics in the UN and his mission is to use AI for the benefit of humankind. In 2000, Irakli joined the International Organizations and worked for the prohibition of chemical weapons that earned OPCW(Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) the recognition of awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 2013. 

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Irakli broadly defines the term Artificial Intelligence. There are three main ingredients to AI- a large amount of data, computational power, algorithms that will decipher the data and make sense of this data. 

“In the year 2025 we will have 175 zettabytes of data and 175 zettabytes of data is as much as stacking DVDs all the way from here to the moon 27 times so that’s a lot of data.” No human is capable of interpreting that much amount of data and that’s where the AI comes in to interpret and make sense of this data. 

About the Benefits of AI

Did you know that Artificial Intelligence helped in spotting the Covid-19 when it first emerged? AI is getting bigger exponentially but it is yet to reach its full potential. AI is helping the human race across multiple disciplines, from healthcare, crime prevention, energy sector, education, and so on to the extent that “we may not be the most intelligent beings anymore” but Irakli ensures us that it is far away that it could happen. Hence it becomes of utmost importance that we have safety nests while using this technology.

Artificial intelligence and Policing

AI is now being used in crime prevention but could it be possible that things could go the undesired way and criminals take advantage of this technology if they have the necessary data? Yes, it is very likely that it can happen! Irakli shares three possible ways in which AI can be misused by criminals>

*AI is a powerful technology that learns from its own mistakes and gets stronger each day. Someone who is willing to and has the necessary knowledge can easily find a loophole in this technology and penetrate into the government sector or private sector. There’s also a chance of misuse of AI in the political sector. Later in the episode, he talks of measures of curbing this. 

AI may be the present and future of the developed world but there is a huge divide between the availability of AI in developed and developing countries, with more than 4 billion people who do not even have the basic digital capability. Irakli shows us the ways in which AI can reach the other half of the world. Tune in to watch the full episode and learn some never-known facts about Artificial Intelligence!


Irakli Beridze is the Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at UNICRI, United Nations​. More than 20 years of experience in leading multilateral negotiations, developing stakeholder engagement programmes with governments, UN agencies, international organisations, private industry and corporations, think tanks, civil society, foundations, academia, and other partners on an international level. 

Mr Beridze is advising governments and international organizations on numerous issues related to international security, scientific and technological developments, emerging technologies, innovation and disruptive potential of new technologies, particularly on the issue of crime prevention, criminal justice and security. He is supporting governments worldwide on the strategies, action plans, roadmaps and policy papers on AI. 

Since 2014, Initiated and managed one of the first United Nations Programmes on AI. Initiating and organizing a number of high-level events at the United Nations General Assembly, and other international organizations. Finding synergies with traditional threats and risks as well as identifying solutions that AI can contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

He is a member of various international task forces, including the World Economic​ Forum’s Global Artificial Intelligence Council, the UN High-level panel for digital cooperation, the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission.  He is frequently lecturing and speaking on the subjects related to technological development, exponential technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics and international security. 

He has numerous publications in international journals and magazines and frequently quoted in media on the issues related to AI. 

Irakli Beridze is an International Gender Champion supporting the IGC Panel Parity Pledge. He is also the recipient of recognition for the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW in 2013.

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