When it comes to fighting climate change, artificial intelligence (AI) could be a powerful tool – but only if used correctly. That’s according to Priya Donti, co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI. The organization is focused on promoting the use of AI to solve climate-related problems.
Donti explains that AI is a “general-purpose technology” with many potential applications related to fighting climate change. For example, AI can be used to optimize power grids for renewable energy integration or collect data about building footprints from satellite imagery in order to inform energy efficiency policies. But while the potential benefits of using AI in the fight against climate change are significant, there are also risks associated with its use.
Donti says that one major concern is that as data collected by AI systems become more detailed and nuanced, it could be used by commercial interests or governments for less noble purposes – such as increasing surveillance or expanding carbon trading schemes without actually reducing emissions.
Climate change is one of the most important issues facing humanity today, and artificial intelligence (AI) could be a powerful tool in the fight against it. However, AI can also be used in ways that exacerbate climate change or even cause more harm to the planet.
Organizations like Climate Change AI are working to ensure that AI is used responsibly and effectively in the fight against climate change. The organization runs educational events and workshops, but it also awards grants to researchers working on projects related to using AI to combat climate change. In April, Climate Change AI awarded $2 million in grants to 13 different projects ranging from using AI to estimate ice volume in glaciers to using it improve the prediction of extreme weather events.
According to Donti, who works with Climate Change AI, “AI is not some kind of ‘silver bullet’ in the fight against climate change, but it’s an additional tool.” One way that AI can be helpful is by speeding up scientific research so that new tools can be developed more quickly. For example, artificial intelligence systems could be used analysis past experiments to recommend which experiment is most likely to lead to the desired result. This would save time and money for researchers investigating solutions to climate change issues.
Another potential use for AI is monitoring the planet for changes associated with climate change in order to more detect and predict extreme weather event patterns Ashiftingsands melting ice shelves. However, as Donti points out, “AI definitely inherits the value systems and priorities associated explicitly or objectively with the data they’re given and the problems they’re meant to solve.” Therefore, it’s crucial that decision-makers involved with developing or utilizing AI don’t lose sight of the ethics office when doing so.. It would be all too easyforAIto end up exacerbating inequalities if it’s not managed correctly.