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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.

Art Engagement Program

The Lab is currently in the process of establishing a program where artists will engage with academics to transcend the compartmentalisation that comes with visualising research results. The goal is to reconnect science and public discourse by way of the universal language of art. We can already announce the project leader, Maria Rivera Espinosa, and two artists that joined the program: Thijs Biersteker and Roosmarijn Pallandt.

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.