Sustainable AI or AI for Sustainability?
From contradictions to synergies

hosted by AlgorithmWatch

Yolanda Rother

Yolanda Rother is a conference curator, community activator, speaker and moderator, and has worked internationally to tackle issues on open government, diversity, urban development and decolonization. She is the Co-Founder of “The Impact Company”, a diversity inclusion business and leads Europe projects at Stiftung Zukunft Berlin. She’s based in Berlin.

Jochen Flasbarth

State Secretary at the Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Matthias Spielkamp

Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch (Theodor Heuss Medal 2018, Grimme Online Nominee 2019). He testified before committees of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the German Bundestag and other institutions on automation and AI and is a member of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). [more]


Aimee van Wynsberghe

Aimee van Wynsberghe has been working in ICT and robotics since 2004. She began her career as part of a research team working with surgical robots in Canada at CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advance Robotics). She is the Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Applied Ethics of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bonn in Germany. [more]



Thinking Beyond Today -
Intergenerational Justice, Sustainability & AI

organized by the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on AI for Humanity

Recent publications include an almost overwhelming number of reports showing the various ways in which AI can be used for public good. However, the impacts of the development and applications of these AI systems in the public-sphere are not limited to the present day; their effects will span generations, just as systems encoded into our social fabric in past generations still influence our lives today. 
In many cases the true consequences of the design and use of AI are yet to be thoroughly assessed, evaluated and balanced. These impacts can concern the environment (e.g. carbon emissions generated while training and tuning AI models) or people more directly (e.g. power asymmetries between those that do and do not have access to the technology), or, of course and ultimately, both at once. Many of these costs are intra-generational and also span across current generations as well as generations yet to come. The purpose of this panel is to explore the nature, significance, and depth of intergenerational challenges related to AI, and grapple with how we might tackle those issues.

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Safiya Noble

Associate Professor
Dept. of Information Studies and Dept. of African American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Co-Director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2)
Co-Director, Minderoo Initiative on Technology & Power

Larissa Bolte

Research student at the Institute for Science and Ethics
University of Bonn, Germany

Sara Cole Stratton

Founder of Māori Lab, a service that brings indigenous thinking and values into companies and organisations to do 2 things; demonstrate how our inclusive, sustainable, collective well-being perspective is the mindset needed for a thriving future for all of us, and, in doing so, begin to open the door for other unheard world views to help mitigate the harm of bias in AI. I am also a Māori advisor to MIND LAB, a private tertiary institution in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Gry Hasselbalch

Co-founder, principal investigator of the Data Pollution and Power Initiative by the Bonn University's Institute for Science and Ethic's Sustainable AI Lab.

Lorena Jaume-Palasí

Lorena is founder of the initiative The Ethical Tech Society. Her research focuses on the ethics of digitalization and automation and, in this context, on questions of legal philosophy. She was appointed 2017 by the Government of Spain in the Council of Eminent Persons on Artificial Intelligence and reappointed 2020 to the Government’s National Advisory Board on Artificial Intelligence. [more]