NEWS 2021-04-19

AI, climate change and inequality

The Beijer Institute is co-organiser of a session at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2021, called ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) for what, and for whom?’ This conversation about AI, climate change and inequality will focus on the potential for artificial intelligence to help societies, and especially the world’s most vulnerable groups, tackle climate change.

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12 May, 13.15-13.45 (online)

Link to event

The discussion will centre on exploring the distributional and social equity aspects of these technologies. Who develops them, and for what purpose? Who is likely to benefit, and who could lose if these systems fail to deliver?

Furthermore, it will investigate possible risks for people and the planet as AI-technologies diffuse into society. And which are the most pressing issues decision-makers, civil society and the private sector need to address to cope with the challenges created by digitization, AI and climate change?

The session is organised by the Beijer Institute’s programme ‘Governance, Technology and Complexity’, together with Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University) and CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture (Colombia).

It is moderated by Victor Galaz, Beijer Institute programme director and deputy director, Stockholm Resilience Centre.


Daniel Jimenez, CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture (Colombia)

Chinasa T. Okolo, Cornell University – co-author of ”The Limits of Global Inclusion in AI Development”

Tobias Edman, Swedish Space Agency

Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) is a forum advancing a free, open, and secure internet as a driver of global development. This is an arena for exchanging knowledge and ideas, and the place to forge new partnerships within civil society, private sector, academia, donors, and government. SIF is hosted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).