On January 26th, AI, Data & Digitalisation and Resilient Delta jointly organised a stakeholder discussion on Fast-Tracking Climate Resilience with AI. The event took place at Mondai House of AI, which also serves as Convergence Square at TU Delft. In this roundtable discussion, experts from the field and from academia discussed how AI technology can help us adapt to the climate challenges that the Netherlands is faced with: rising temperatures, aridity, humidity and sea levels.
The panel included Astrid de Wit (Programme Manager Climate Adaptation, Province of South Holland), Prof.dr.ir. Behnam Taebi (Professor at the TU Delft, Faculty of Technology Policy, and Management), dr. Peter van der Putten (Assistant Professor at the Leiden University Institute for Advanced Computer Science), dr. Sunil Tankha (Assistant Professor at the Erasmus International Institute of Social Studies) and Hans de Voogd (Programme Director Convergence Resilient Delta).
Under the guidance of moderator Martijn Neef (Innovation Manager AI, Data and Digitalisation at TU Delft), the panel addressed the following questions: is AI a viable solution for climate resilience in the long run? How is AI currently used to address climate change in cities? Who should we turn to for solutions? And last, but not least, who will be at the forefront to lead this transition to protect our homes?
After an interesting discussion, in which many aspects were highlighted, the panel reached an important consensus: regardless of how AI technology can help, we need to properly communicate and cooperate if we want to be truly resilient.
In addition to the discussion, dr. Peter van der Putten and artist Jeroen van der Most illustrated how they use OpenAI’s GPT-3 text model to give nature a voice in their Letters from Nature art project.
Photo: Robèrt Kroonen