Artificial Intelligence and the Environmental Crisis with Keith Skene

20/03/2020 18:30 Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh Free

Dr Keith Skene will be talking about Artificial Intelligence and the Environmental crisis, and asking whether technology can save the world. 

About the Book Artificial Intelligence and the Environmental Crisis is a radical and challenging book which argues that artificial intelligence needs a completely different set of foundations, based on ecological intelligence rather than human intelligence, if it is to deliver on the promise of a better world. This can usher in the greatest transformation in human history, an age of re-integration. Our very existence is dependent upon our context within the Earth System, and so, surely, artificial intelligence must also be grounded within this context, embracing emergence, interconnectedness and real-time feedback. We discover many positive outcomes across the societal, economic and environmental arenas and discuss how this transformation can be delivered. About the Author Born in the historic city of Armagh in Ireland, Dr Keith Skene is an ecologist and a former Association of Rhodes Scholars of Australia Scholar, carrying out field research across the planet, from Kenya to the Carpathian Mountains, from the Scottish Highlands to southwest Australia and from Vietnam to Trinidad. In 2010, Keith established the Biosphere Research Institute (, becoming its first director. The Biosphere Research Institute carries out cutting-edge research on environmental, economic and societal sustainability, focusing on a fundamental dialogue around our place within the Earth system. The author of five books and many academic papers, Keith lectures in universities across Europe and speaks widely across the issues of sustainability at popular science events, including the Edinburgh Science Festival and the Greenbelt Festival. The bookshop has level access, events are seated and speakers use microphones. If you have any concerns about accessibility, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accomodate your needs. For more information, or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact the Blackwell's Edinburgh events team on 0131 622 8237 or 

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