[open-sustainability] Artificial intelligence challenges for sustainability?

Robert Rattle robert14robert at yahoo.ca
Wed Jul 2 21:41:54 UTC 2014

Do you have more background on what you're trying to achieve Jack?  I used to work for an AI firm back in the 90's.

You might also be interested in the CAPS 2014 conference held today and yesterday in Brussles - I participated remotely in some of todays event; videos will be online for the July 2 event shortly.

 From: Jack Townsend <jack at jacktownsend.net>
To: open-sustainability Sustainability <open-sustainability at lists.okfn.org> 
Sent: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5:31:42 PM
Subject: [open-sustainability] Artificial intelligence challenges for	sustainability?

Hi everyone

Had some interesting discussions with researchers recently about the potential to apply artificial intelligence to addressing sustainability challenges. Do you have any suggestions for sustainability problems that might particularly benefit from the application of artificial intelligence? 

Specifically these two approaches:
	* Reinforcement learning
	* Deep learningTechnically this involves: 

	* Big goal that sits above the whole system
	* Long term reward that can use to tune how the system learns to achieve some goal
	* Higher dimensional  (very many different variables, such as pixels on a computer screen)
	* Temporal  (happening over time)
	* Can involve behavioural data, so has the potential for artificial intelligence to lead behaviour change.Are there any problems that you're facing in your work that might benefit from these approaches, or people you know? There is the potential for this to lead to some relevant research.

Alternatively, could approach this question from the data angle and ask, what are some of the richest sustainability datasets available?  


Web, Open Data & SustainabilityUniversity of Southampton

@JackTownsend_ jack at jacktownsend.net
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