As technological advancements and the use of AI is more frequently being used to fight climate change and global pollution an interesting question arises: Should we attempt to avoid hyping AI as the earth's saviour?
Drones are using night vision to track elephant and rhino poachers in Africa’s parklands whilst Smart Submersibles are navigating Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to save coral from carnivorous starfish. However Professor Peter Dauvergne argues that although AI is generating some environmental gains powerful corporations and states are exaggerating the benefits, ignoring the risks and deploying AI in ways antithetical to sustainability.
The latest instalment of the QUT Global, Science and Technology Seminar Series: 'AI in the Wild: Sustainability in the Age of Artificial Intelligence' discusses how the competition to profit from artificial intelligence has the potential to entrench technocratic management, rev up resource extraction, and turbocharge consumerism and therefore has the potential to generate new forces of inequality and injustice.
Watch the seminar here.