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Launch of the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab

On November 25th, 2021 the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab at the University of Bonn had its official launch event. A wide range of highly regarded speakers like Katja Dörner, Mayor of Bonn, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change and Dr. Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation, addressed the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society and expressed the urgency to conduct more research and experiments on AI to get a grip on its rapid development. The Rector of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Hoch, and the co-director of the Institute of Science and Ethics (IWE) and head of the Sustainable AI Lab, Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe, performed the opening ceremony.

A short clip of the lab launch is available on YouTube.

Press release: Addressing the effects of AI on nature

The Sustainable AI Lab of the University of Bonn is on a mission at COP26 in Glasgow

While there is a growing number of research publications directed towards Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Sustainable Development Goals, there is little research addressing, the often hidden, environmental costs of AI. The Sustainable AI Lab of the University of Bonn (Germany) addresses this topic and is present at COP26 with a unique artwork to remind people of what nature is doing and that AI is getting in the way of this. The head of the Lab, Prof. Aimee van Wynsberghe, will speak at the conference on November 10th at 11:00.

More information (www.uni-bonn.de)

Video of Aimee van Wynsberghe's speech (YouTube)

Sustainability Journal

As a result of the conference on Sustainable AI in June 2021, the Lab team announced to publish a special issue of the Sustainability Journal. Contributions from the perspectives of computer sciences, philosophy, (applied) AI ethics, social sciences, law and policy, and others are welcome and encouraged. The submission deadline is February 28, 2022.

Data Pollution and Power

The Lab has commissioned and funded a research project on the topic of “Data Pollution and Power (DPP)”, led and conducted by Dr. Gry Hasselbalch. The research project explores the power dynamics that shape the data pollution of AI across the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to the establishment of a DPP group, a DPP white paper will be published in 2022.

Sustainable AI Conference 2021

The University of Bonn launched the world's first International conference on the topic of "Sustainable AI" in June 2021.

The whole conference is now available on YouTube.

More information can be found at the website of the conference.