Experts for sustainable AI discussed in Bonn

Second international conference of the Sustainable AI Lab

Humboldt Professor Aimee van Wynsberghe, director of the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab
Humboldt Professor Aimee van Wynsberghe, director of the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab at the Institute of Science and Ethics (IWE), welcomed participants to the Universitätsclub Bonn. © Volker Lannert / Uni Bonn all images in original size .
What impact does artificial intelligence (AI) have on the environment? And what might the ramifications of AI be for society? These are some of the questions being tackled by the research group led by Aimee van Wynsberghe, a Humboldt Professor at the University of Bonn. Last week, she brought together international experts in the research field.

Over three days, researchers from more than 21 countries discussed different perspectives of sustainable AI on a global scale. Entitled "Sustainable AI Across Borders", a special focus was on intercultural and post-colonial perspectives.

On a global level, many ethical questions arise about the sustainability of AI. For example, although some countries play a key role in the early production phase and in waste disposal, they might never reap any of the benefits of AI. At the conference, the researchers discussed issues including environmental and social justice along the entire AI development and supply chain, AI and (post-)colonialism, the links between gender and AI, and how AI ties in with global healthcare.

This was the second international conference to be organized by Aimee van Wynsberghe’s Bonn Sustainable AI Lab at the University of Bonn’s Institute of Science and Ethics. "It is wonderful to see such interest from around the world in this topic that we are so passionate about here at the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab," is pleased to say. The KI ethicist is a member of the Transdisciplinary Research Areas "Institutions and Societies" and "Sustainable Futures" at the University of Bonn.