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Sustainability and Smart Cities


WASP-HS Community Reference Meetings are dedicated to public and private organizations in Sweden, and for involved actors to learn about challenges and questions of their interest, as well as for WASP-HS to share recent research development within the program in order to identify opportunities for collaboration in different sectors. This particular Community Reference Meeting concerns the issue of sustainability and smart cities.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to support urban and rural development and to accelerate global efforts to protect the environment and conserve resources. The technology can do so by detecting energy emission reductions, removing CO2, helping develop greener transportation networks, monitoring deforestation, and predicting extreme weather conditions. When AI technology is used within smart cities it makes it easier to control the traffic, waste and maintenance, energy consumption, pollution risks, and the effects of the environment in the cities. This further leads to smarter decisions, fewer negative impacts on climate change, and improved quality of life.  

However, while AI provides unprecedented opportunities for cities and the environment, depending on the framework in which it is used, it may not always result in positive outcomes. For instance, current uses of AI rely greatly on huge amounts of data and computational power which leads to heavy ecological footprints for the companies that develop and use AI.  

At this Community Reference Meeting, WASP-HS invites participants to discuss how AI can support progress on these complex environmental and social problems which humans are facing, while also mitigating risks and ensuring fair and inclusive solutions for cities and the environment.

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