Artificial intelligence (AI) and climate change are both topics on top of the policy agenda that require a deep technological understanding of the problem space. It does not come as a surprise that these two topics also affect one another in multifaceted ways. This course will explore the relationship of AI and climate change through a policy lens, and ask the question of what policy-makers can do to align AI with climate change goals. Readings will provide students with insights into cutting edge research using AI and machine learning (ML) to address climate change. The course will also cover how AI is deployed in ways that are detrimental to these goals, provide a perspective on systemic effects of AI-driven technologies and their impacts on social well-being, and discuss energy and resource consumption related to AI’s computational requirements. Together, we will explore technology assessment and design possible policy instruments. Students will learn how to navigate this intersection of two hot button topics and provide informed and practical advice to policy makers.
This course is for 2nd year MIA, MPP and MDS students only.