Artificial Intelligence and the Environmental Crisis: Can Technology Really Save the World?

1st Edition

Keith Ronald Skene

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December 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 266 Pages
ISBN 9780367436544 - CAT# 343795

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Summary

A radical and challenging book which argues that artificial intelligence needs a completely different set of foundations, based on ecological intelligence rather than human intelligence, if it is to deliver on the promise of a better world. This can usher in the greatest transformation in human history, an age of re-integration. Our very existence is dependent upon our context within the Earth System, and so, surely, artificial intelligence must also be grounded within this context, embracing emergence, interconnectedness and real-time feedback. We discover many positive outcomes across the societal, economic and environmental arenas and discuss how this transformation can be delivered.

 

Key Features:

  • Identifies a key weakness in current AI thinking, that threatens any hope of a better world.
  • Highlights the importance of realizing that systems theory is an essential foundation for any technology that hopes to positively transform our world.
  • Emphasizes the need for a radical new approach to AI, based on ecological systems.
  • Explains why ecosystem intelligence, not human intelligence, offers the best framework for AI.
  • Examines how this new approach will impact on the three arenas of society, environment and economics, ushering in a new age of re-integration.

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