The way we perceive, respond and react to social as well as environmental changes will be most likely altered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in combination with sensor technology and robotics. How can we guarantee that applications of artificial intelligence help us address these pressing challenges?
The US and Swedish representatives from academia along with the Swedish government and companies like Ericsson, and Google and organizations such as USAID, UN Development Programme and UN Global Pulse along with Princeton University which joined on October 15, are initiating a project that will help in exploring how applications of AI can aid in accelerating innovations in accordance to targets set the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
The project is called AI, People & Planet. It is a research initiative organized by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. The group’s main focus is to advance both innovative research and action, and explore and gain insights into the challenges faced by the biosphere based sustainability due to the quick technological changes.
AI, People & Planet’s research projects try to delve deeper into issues of the biosphere, huma-machine ecology and system risks: bots and disinformation, planet-centric business intelligence, trolls and studies of collective action. Princeton fits in the project via its Global Systematic Risk project.
Annika Rembe, Sweden’s Consul General in New York said that Sweden is at the forefront of artificial intelligence research and development, but it is only through strong business, educational and government collaborations that we can unlock the full potential of AI and realize the social and economic benefits that we hope to achieve.