The AI gambit: leveraging artificial intelligence to combat climate change—opportunities, challenges, and recommendations

In this article, we analyse the role that artificial intelligence (AI) could play, and is playing, to combat global climate change. We identify two crucial opportunities that AI offers in this domain: it can help improve and expand current understanding of climate change, and it can contribute to combatting the climate crisis effectively. However, the development of AI also raises two sets of problems when considering climate change: the possible exacerbation of social and ethical challenges already associated with AI, and the contribution to climate change of the greenhouse gases emitted by training data and computation-intensive AI systems.

A new article by myself, Andreas Tsamados, Mariarosaria Taddeo and Luciano Floridi, about the potential impacts of AI on climate change, has been published by AI&Society.