AI for Social Good

Intel is committed to advancing uses of AI that most positively impact our world.

The hardware, software, and algorithms that we create and utilize on a daily basis can help identify children at risk of exploitation, improve medical diagnosis, and protect our natural resources. Intel is passionate about equalizing AI resources, capabilities, and services to benefit all.


We impact the world in two ways:

  • Support social good organizations with AI technologies and expertise to accelerate their positive work in the world.
  • Research and support efforts to ensure AI is more transparent, less biased, and more accessible to all.

History of social responsibility at Intel:



We only have one planet to live on, so it is imperative for us to protect it. AI can be used to monitor its current state, help us utilize our limited natural resources, and improve our living conditions for generations to come.

Fighting Illegal Poaching with a Purpose-Built AI Camera

The Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 vision processing unit (VPU) powers the TrailGuard AI* vision processing and on-camera inference—all while operating at very low power to enable an estimated year-long battery life.


Iceberg Classifier Challenge

Intel won Kaggle’s Statoil/C-CORE Iceberg Classifier Challenge by creating an algorithm to classify ships vs. icebergs. The ability to classify icebergs helps create safer sea travel especially in remote areas and harsh weather conditions.

Toward higher-order training: A progressive batching L-BFGS method

Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge/Deep Greens

A team of Intel AI data scientists use Deep Reinforcement Learning Algorithm for an autonomous greenhouse maximizes yield and minimizes resources.

Space Exploration Research

Researchers use Intel deep learning technologies and resources along with mentorship from Intel engineers to explore problems that may affect Earth.

Noninvasive Arctic Research

Noninvasive Arctic Research

The Intel Falcon 8+ drone is being used to study polar bears in the arctic. The use of drones is safer for researchers and provides less threatening research methods for studying polar bears in their natural environment.

Ocean Alliance whale research

Ocean Alliance whale research

Intel and Parley for the Oceans collaborate on a noninvasive way to study whales in the oceans by collecting snot from whale blow holes using Intel SnotBots to be analyzed for stress and pregnancy hormones, viruses, bacteria, and toxins.

Great Wall of China restoration

Great Wall of China restoration

Intel Falcon 8+ drones shoot high resolution aerial photographs which can be processed into highly accurate 3D models of the Great Wall of China. The AI algorithm identifies damage in the wall and provides guidance for repairs.

Protecting Halberstadt Cathedral

Protecting Halberstadt Cathedral

Intel supported Bauhaus University to protect the 15th century Halberstadt Cathedral by using Falcon 8+ drones to capture structural data for repairs. The drones help collect the data without the risk of damage from physical contact.

Social Impact

AI can significantly improve the lives of those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged by protecting them from predators, and ensuring they receive the resources they require.

Social Impact


Automating Wheelchair Mobility

Intel powers the HOOBOX Robotics Wheelie 7 to allow people to control motorized wheelchairs with facial expressions using the 3D Intel® RealSense™ Depth Camera SR300, Intel® Core™ processors and the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit.

AI for Social Good at NeurIPS

This year, the topic of AI for social good had a large presence at the 2018 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, better known as NeurIPS.

AI Ethics at NeurIPS and Beyond

AI Ethics at NeurIPS and Beyond

In my last post, I discussed the large presence of AI for social good at the 2018 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, better known as NeurIPS. This post continues the coverage of #AI4Good at NeurIPS, with highlights of event discussions around ethics in artificial intelligence (AI).

AI Ethics Toolkits

AI Ethics Toolkits

In previous blog posts, we discussed the presence of AI for social good and AI ethics at NeurIPS 2018 and alluded to a growing set of AI ethics definitions, metrics, and tools from companies, organizations, research institutions, and governments. In this post, we dive more into these tools and when you might use them.



Intel works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to help automate complex image analysis to identify exploited children and suspects.

Fight Online Child Exploitation

Fight Online Child Exploitation

Intel is partnering with Thorn to create technology powered by deep learning and Intel AI tools to identify missing and exploited children in images.

Assisting the World Bank

The World Bank Development Data Group utilized Intel’s BigDL framework and Intel Xeon processors to classify images of household goods and services to aid the World Bank in its mission to reduce poverty and promote sustainability.

Detecting Water Contamination

Detecting Water Contamination

Intel AI Academy Innovator applies AI techniques to detect harmful bacteria in water using the Intel(R) Movidius Neural Compute Stick (NCS).


The promise of AI in healthcare and life sciences is profound. It can help physicians and researchers prevent disease, speed recovery and save lives, by unlocking complex and varied data sets to develop new insights.


Cervical Cancer Screening

Intel is partnering with MobileODT on a competition for developing an algorithm to identify cervix types based on images, to prevent ineffectual treatment and help healthcare providers give proper referrals.

Improving Radiology

CT image specialists teamed with Intel to use Intel’s Deep Learning Deployment Toolkit and Intel Xeon processors for deep learning medical image solutions that can make medical imaging more affordable and more effective for diagnosing illness and assessing results.

Precision Medicine

An AI-based solution running on Intel Xeon processors has been deployed in hospitals for precision medicine applications for more individualized treatment. The solution helps improve the workflow of radiologists so that they may provide better care to patients.

Tumor Detection

Using Intel Xeon processor-based systems to work with large medical images, deep learning is used to train models to quickly detect tumors.

Applying Deep Learning to Genomics Analysis

Genomics Research

Intel and Synthetic Genomics, Incorporated (SGI) use deep learning to gain new insights on protein sequences tagging.

Skin Cancer Detection

Skin Cancer Detection

Physicians use the Intel® Movidius Neural Compute Stick (NCS) to help with screenings for patients without waiting time. NCS has the potential to help provide medical care to people in remote locations.

Brain Imaging Analysis

Brain Imaging Analysis

In collaboration with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Intel helps use software to monitor brain activity to better decode human thoughts and advance neurocognitive therapy for mental illness.

Data Analytics and AI are Just What the Doctor Ordered

Classifying Osteoarthritis

The Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) built an AI-powered MRI classification system with BigDL: Distributed Deep Learning that may help radiologists decode MRIs of potential osteoarthritis cases.