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Social inequality and climate risks have become central to understanding what will drive innovation – and investment – for the future. On day two of TNW Conference, Caroline Lair, founder of startup and scaleup communityies The good AI and Women in AIand Lucia Gallardo, founder and CEO of impact innovation “socio-technological experimentation lab” To appearwill be on the Growth Quarters stage for a session titled “Technology-driven climate justice.”
The climate crisis is itself the result of a deep-seated and systemic exploitation of nature and people in the name of profit. The impact is already being felt disproportionately around the world, with severe heat waves, droughts and Entire nations are disappearing below sea level. What’s more, the people most affected are those who have contributed little to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Climate justice is the idea that climate change is not only an environmental but also a social justice issue, and aims to ensure that the transition to a low-carbon economy is just and benefits everyone. Lair and Gallardo will speak specifically about how technologies such as AI, blockchain and Web3 can play a critical role in addressing these issues.
Artificial intelligence can be applied in a variety of ways in the quest for climate justice, provided it is implemented in a way that ensures transparency, accountability and fairness. These include data analysis and forecasting, discovering patterns and informing policies, as well as evaluating their effectiveness.
It can also improve climate modeling capabilities, crucial for developing adaptation strategies. In addition, AI-powered technologies can, for example, monitor weather systems with real-time data and also optimize resource allocation and energy distribution.
Emerge’s goal is to “reimagine impact innovation with regenerative monetization models.” Regenerative finance goes beyond traditional profit-oriented models to consider broader social, environmental and economic impacts.
Blockchain technology, for example, can provide transparency for transactions and ensure that funds do indeed go into regenerative investments. It can also symbolize regenerative assets such as renewable energy installations, sustainable agriculture initiatives or ecosystem restoration projects by representing them as digital tokens and making them more accessible to a wider range of investors.
In the meantime, in the words of Gallardo: “Integrating crypto into existing environmental initiatives does not automatically mean applied regenerative finance. We need to be mindful about how we reshape value.”
Reclaiming a just future
Why am I looking forward to this session? The theme of this year’s Applied Sciences conference is “Reclaim The Future”. Honestly, I belong to a generation that, while I hopefully have decades of experience on Earth ahead of me, most likely won’t face full-on dystopian scenarios, fighting to survive the climate catastrophe.
I also have the privilege of geography and socio-economic status of not having to worry about immediate drought and famine. (Floods may be another matter, but as someone said when he persuaded me to move to Amsterdam, “wouldn’t you rather live in a place that is already used to keeping water out?”)
However, this does not mean that we, who enjoy such privileges, can simply shrug our shoulders and continue to surrender to the business as usual. TNW has always been about the good that technology can do in the world. And what could be better than using it in the service of one of the greatest challenges of our time?
Aside from the obvious urgency of the topic, I’m excited to attend the session because let’s face it, the moments in the tech industry where women take the stage alone are rare. According to the World Economic Forum, only 22% of global AI jobs are held by women. In this case, it is particularly powerful because women and girls suffer even more from the problems posed by climate change, such as food insecurity, water scarcity and displacement with associated gender-based violence.
The female lead
Caroline Lair is the founder of The Good AI, a community of AI talent, startups and scale-ups committed to helping companies transition to more responsible and sustainable business practices. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit Women in AI, a platform where women in artificial intelligence can come together to share, learn and support each other. She also worked at Snips, where she built a private-by-design AI Voice Assistant, which was acquired by Sonos in 2019, and was an investor and partner of HCVC venture capital firm.
Lucia Gallardo is the founder and CEO of Emerge, which calls itself a laboratory for experimental technologies at the intersection of sustainable development and social impact. She also sits on advisory and standards-setting committees and boards, such as at the InterAmerican Development Bank and the World Economic Forum. Among many other accolades, she has been named an MIT Innovator Under 35 and has worked with clients such as the US State Department, Hard Rock International, and the United Nations Development Program.
Caroline Lair and Lucia Gallardo are just two of the great speakers we have at this year’s TNW Conference. You can find more on the event calendar – and remember: for a 25% discount on business passes, use the promo code READ-TNW-25