Activities

CIFAR AI & Society workshop

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Learning (CIFAR), in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNFS), supported a workshop organized by Future Earth, UK Office for AI, the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OBVIA), and CNRS. The Sustainability in the Digital Age workshop, part of CIFAR’s AI & Society series, took place in Montreal, Canada from September 18-20, 2019. The workshop brought together 29 participants from around the world to explore issues related to the Digital Disruptions for Sustainability (D^2S Agenda), with a particular focus on near-term actions.

Vantage point model – seven points from which to understand a system. A simplified model (left) was discussed and expanded upon by workshop participants (right). Many societal discussions characterize digital technologies as tools, focusing on the tasks they perform and their logistical set-up. However, when exploring the type of transformations that advances in digital technologies can bring about, it becomes necessary to consider issues from different vantage points and to understand how changes in one layer can lead to disruptions in others. Credit: Aaron Williamson.

Workshop participants – Group photo. Front (left-right): Andrew Revkin, Rohan D’Souza, Gilles Savard. Middle (left-right): Ana Yang, Lyse Langlois, Mathilde Mougeot, Myanna Lahsen, John Dryzek, Anne-Laure Fougères, Yoshua Bengio, Margie Mendell, Amy Luers, Aarti Gupta. Back (left-right): Rebecca Finlay, Sasha Luccioni, Casey Cronin, Peter Brown, Aaron Williamson, Martin Solan, Alexis Hannart, James Leape, Keith Jansa, Benjamin Combes, Dirk Messner. Credit: CIFAR.

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This workshop was organized as part of CIFAR’s AI & Society workshop series.

Workshop Participants

Gaga Boskovic

Gaga Boskovic

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Benjamin Combes

Benjamin Combes

Casey Cronin

Casey Cronin

John Dryzek

John Dryzek

Rohan D'Souza

Rohan D'Souza

Anne-Laure Fougères

Anne-Laure Fougères

Aarti Gupta

Aarti Gupta

Alexis Hannart

Alexis Hannart

Keith Jansa

Keith Jansa

Sana Kharehani

Sana Kharehani

Myanna Lahsen

Myanna Lahsen

Lyse Langlois

Lyse Langlois

James Leape

James Leape

Sasha Luccioni

Sasha Luccioni

Marguerite (Margie) Mendell

Marguerite (Margie) Mendell

Dirk Messner

Dirk Messner

Mathilde Mougeot

Mathilde Mougeot

Jeremy Pitt

Jeremy Pitt

Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin

Mario Rivero-Huguet

Mario Rivero-Huguet

Gilles Savard

Gilles Savard

Martin Solan

Martin Solan

Charlie Smoothy

Charlie Smoothy

Ana Yang

Ana Yang