Gina and SOphia DASS SPeakers

Alumni Speaker Series: AI and Sustainability

The UWC-USA Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to announce a UWC Day focused virtual speaker event featuring two remarkable alumni prepared to explore how AI both promises to encourage sustainability while also exploring how it poses a threat to climate efforts.

The speakers are Gina Neff ’89 and Sophia Sennett ’12 who both have spent time exploring AI models and the benefits and dangers of the new technology. Gina is the Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge and has studied society and technology extensively since graduating from UWC-USA. Sophia has worked as a design strategist, particularly in the field of sustainable architecture with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations.

Some of the questions the panelists might engage include:

  • How do we ensure that the benefits that AI models can so clearly bring will support more people in more places?
  • Can we highlight some ‘wins’ where AI has already helped us solve problems and project where it might solve other problems?
  • Conversely, can we explore how AI might create problems for our efforts to foster sustainability efforts and initiatives?
  • Knowing that we can’t get good AI with technology alone, how are the political, social, and market forces working with (or against) the technology? 

When: September 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm Mountain Time
Where: Online

This session is open to all members of the UWC-USA community and others interested the topic. Please register to receive the zoom link here.

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