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News

Throwback: Bonn Sustainable AI Lab goes to Ghana!

In May 2022 the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab team travelled to Accra, Ghana, for the workshop “Sustainable AI Across Borders,” which was jointly organised by the lab and the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Ghana, Legon.

“The purpose of this trip was to strengthen the partnership that we have, to share research ideas and to plan for fruitful collaborations in the future,” says Prof. Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, the lab’s director.

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here for more information as well as photos and a video.

Call for papers

Bonn Sustainable AI conference 2023: "Sustainable AI Across Borders"


Deadline for abstract submission: January 15th 2023
Conference: June 5th to 7th 2023


Visit the conference website for more information:
www.sustainable-ai-conference.eu


Job advertisement

CfA Senior Fellowship "Desirable Digitalisation"


Start: August/September 2022
Duration: 2.5 years, extendable once
Application deadline: July 31 2022

Please click
here or more information.

ArtScience Residency – Irakli Sabekia
Artist talk at Foyer of Deutsche Telekom

9. June 2022, 17:00 – 19:00

Language: English

Place: Foyer Headquarter Deutsche Telekom, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 140, 53113 Bonn (open for everybody) or
ONLINE-STREAM.

Speaker: Irakli Sabekia (Artist), Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe (Sustainable AI Lab, University Bonn), Antje Hundhausen (Vice President Brand Experience, Deutsche Telekom)

Moderator: Laura Welzenbach (Head of Ars Electronica Export)


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Publication:

Our New Artificial Intelligence Infrastructure: Becoming Locked into an Unsustainable Future (2022)

Aimee van Wynsberghe, Scott Robbins


in: Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4829

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084829

Publication:

From an Ethics of Carefulness to an Ethics of Desirability: Going Beyond Current Ethics Approaches to Sustainable AI (2022)

Aimee van Wynsberghe, Larissa Bolte, Tijs Vandemeulebroucke


in: Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4472

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084472

ArtScience Residency 2022 - The winners

“My team at the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab and I are incredibly excited to collaborate with Špela Petrič and Irakli Sabekia, two exceptional artists with fascinating project ideas. Their proposals deal with two very different but equally pressing and relevant topics – the usage of artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector and the Russian occupation of territories in Georgia. They are concerned with the wider issues of global injustice and power and making the hidden visible, which is a strong connection to the research happening at the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab. Bringing art, science and ethics together is one of our lab’s key goals, so I look forward to many inspiring encounters and exchanges between our lab team and the artists.”
(Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe, March 2022)


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Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence 2021

Aimee van Wynsberghe is the Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence (AI).


"Learning to be wild: on the ethics and aesthetics of rewilding cities using AI"

Talk and discussion with Dr. Taylor Stone from the Sustainable AI Lab on March, 17th 2022 at Universität Freiburg. Click here for more information.

Researching Ethical AI

Stiftung Mercator awards €3.8 Million to the Universities of Bonn and Cambridge.
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"KI ist in Kulturen verwurzelt" (AI is rooted in cultures)

Interview with AI expert Aimee van Wynsberghe and philosopher Markus Gabriel, University of Bonn
Tagesspiegel, February 8th, 2022 (in German only)

AI And Ethics: Can Machines Learn Morality?

Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe speakes at the kick-off event "Europe 2022" on February, 8th 2022.
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ArtScience Residency 2022 Open Call

Together with Ars Electronica the Art Collection Deutsche Telekom enables artistic research through science collaboration within the framework of the ArtScience residency. The goal is to exhibit an artwork dedicated to the challenging questions around digitalization and AI at the Ars Electronica Festival in September 2022.
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Podcast: KI und Wir

In the ten-part podcast series "KI und Wir", AI experts from the Humboldt Network - including Aimee van Wynsberghe - report from their research area and clarify the most important questions about artificial intelligence. The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Podcast.de, Amazon Music or Deezer. Click here for more information.

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.

AI Monday – Chapter NRW

Presentation by Charlotte Bander (Lab Manager) on the topic AI and Climate. November 22nd 2021, virtual event

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.


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.