Effect of AI on Sustainable Development Goals published in Nature will be discussed at workshop
Discussion at workshop on Digitalization for Urban Sustainability on 15 May 2020
The first study analyzing the effect of AI on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) was published in Nature in January 2020. In this study, KTH researchers cooperated with Max Tegmark and other researchers from New Zealand, Germany and Spain. The findings will be discussed in the workshop Digitalization for Urban Sustainability on 15 May 2020 arranged by IVL and KTH Digitalization Platform.
The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and its progressively-wider impact on many sectors requires an assessment of its effect on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using a consensus-based expert-elicitation process, we find that AI can enable the accomplishment of 134 targets across all the goals, but it may also inhibit 59 targets. Two areas where we identify high potential of AI are health (SDG 3) and sustainable cities (SDG 11).
We found limited published evidence for the negative impact of AI regarding SDG 3, while significant number of studies show AI's potential in improving across its various indicators. Most notably, deep learning has been shown to help at different stages of cancer treatment, including the estimation of the risk of developing cancer, detection of cancer, and the pathology of tumor cells. Regarding SDG 11, currently-available methods to measure pollution levels in urban areas are not accurate enough, and this problem causes around 500,000 premature deaths only in the European Union. We have identified that AI, together with accurate computer simulations, can be used to develop more robust and reliable non-intrusive methods to measure pollution levels (as well as extreme temperatures) in urban areas.
Ricardo Vinuesa, Hossein Azizpour, Iolanda Leite, Madeline Balaam, Virginia Dignum, Sami Domisch, Anna Felländer, Simone Daniela Langhans, Max Tegmark & Francesco Fuso Nerini
Workshop: Digitalization for Urban Sustainability
We are currently working on this area, and we will discuss our initial results at the Workshop on Digitalization for Urban Sustainability on 15 May 2020 arranged by IVL and KTH Digitalization Platform. The event is mainly for KTH researchers, however, if non-KTH employees wish to participate, please contact Susanna Berglund at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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