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1st Edition

AI for the Sustainable Development Goals

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ISBN 9781032044064
February 24, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
128 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

What is artificial intelligence? What are the Sustainable Development Goals? How does AI affect the SDGs?

Artificial Intelligence has a real impact on our lives and on our environment, and the Sustainable Development Goals enable us to evaluate these impacts in a systematic manner. This book shows that doing so requires us to understand the context of AI – the infrastructure it is built on, who develops it, who owns it, who has access to it, who uses it, and what it is used for – rather than relying on an isolationist theory of technology. By doing so we can analyze the direct effects of AI on sustainability, but also the indirect – or second order – effects. AI for the Sustainable Development Goals shows how AI potentially affects all SDGs. Positively, but also negatively.

Table of Contents


AI and the SDGs in context

The challenge of evaluating AI impact

 Sustainable Economic Development

Sustainable Social Development

Sustainable Environmental development

Assessing the overall impact of AI




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Henrik Skaug Sætra is a political scientist working in the Faculty of Business, Languages and Social Science at Østfold University College. Sætra has a particular interest in political theory and philosophy and worked extensively with Thomas Hobbes and social contract theory, environmental ethics and game theory. At the moment Sætra mostly works with issues involving the dynamics between human individuals, society and technology.