In 2016, the information and communications technology (ICT) industry came under fire when environmental inspections found that 18 centralized water treatment plants in Shanghai had issues with heavy metals exceeding legal limits. As a result, the two large-scale electronics plants responsible for releasing these pollutants are now in the process of being forced to stop operations.
From human rights to environmental issues, we have much to lose if AI does not evolve in ways that support the public good.
Dunstan Allison-Hope | BSR Jacob Park | BSR Michael Rohwer | BSR
Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly, thanks to ever-more-powerful computing, massive growth in the availability of digital data and increasingly sophisticated algorithms.
The world’s largest technology firms are investing billions to develop their AI capabilities, and companies across industries, from travel to real estate to fashion, are racing to bring AI-enabled services to market.
In a plenary address at the BSR Conference 2017, early leaders of BSR Bobb Dunn (Former President and CEO of Synergos Institute) and Mats Lederhausen (Founder of BE-CAUSE) discussed the origin and history of the organization in a panel moderated by Google's Lead for Sustainability Kate E. Brandt.
“People are more likely to act themselves into a new way of thinking than to think themselves into a new way of acting,” Lederhausen said.
In a plenary session at the BSR Conference 2017, a panel of BSR alumni, including Amazon's Kara Hurst' Levi Strauss & Co.'s Michael Kobori; and Alliance of Green Consumption and Green Supply Chain, China, and The Sustainability Consortium's Wei Dong Zhou discussed the evolution of sustainable business over the past 25 years.
“The BSR Conference has converted me from an optimistic pessimist to an optimistic optimist,” Kobori said.