This handout picture collected by a satellite of © 2019 Planet Labs, Inc on August 20, 2019 shows smoke and fires in Brazil’s state Para.

80 Days of Artificial Intelligence

Writing about AI while the Amazon is burning

Most people ask me why I write about artificial intelligence and others are just more interested in how. However I had a long article on the subject that was deleted by Medium, perhaps due to the vast amount of links at the end linking to all my 80 articles so far, so maybe you will never know?

No, I will of course do my best to write this article again.

Amazon or Amazon Inc?

The Amazon forest burning is no joke. It is one of the worst catastrophes of our time. The Brazilian president can be partly blamed, as well as corporate interest and consumers who eat meat. However no matter the blame the status is that a devastating blow has been struck to nature and one of the lungs of earth that delivers breathable air to all human beings. As such humanity’s chances of survival are diminishing.

So why not write about #500daysofClimateCrisis?

I think working towards a cleaner planet is generational – it will be something we will be working towards for the rest of our lives regardless of what topic we choose to focus on.

Additionally having worked with sustainability and climate for several years in a nonprofit prior to starting this project – and much of the focus on sustainability permeates my writing.

At the current time when I search for Amazon this is my top result:

It would be fair to argue that this is not related to artificial intelligence and perhaps simply big technology companies, however Google, Amazon and Facebook is not sufficiently prioritising the climate crisis. Ad revenue has a clear priority over the climate crisis, some would argue it is not relevant to these actors to care, however I would argue it is a nonpartisan issue. All people and companies are being affected by a worsening of the global climate as well as growing inequality. Broadly it is in our best interest to take action.

There are massive investments in ‘artificial intelligence and an increasing focus in terms of search patterns.

I do not know if this is of any consolation, however if we quantify then ‘love’ has a much higher search ranking than any of these terms.

Then again ‘sustainability’ or the ‘climate crisis’ receives far less attention. We have to be sceptical of ‘ai’ of course since it may be used for other purposes than an abbreviation for artificial intelligence.

Then again we can quantify and I do find this interesting, again another graphic from The Guardian may be illustrative of the Amazon disappearing:

One of my main reasons for learning more about artificial intelligence was however to learn why people find it so important. My field anthropology is the scientific study of humans and human behaviour and societies in the past and present. Social anthropology studies patterns of behaviour, social anthropologists seek to understand how people live in societies and how they make their lives meaningful.

Yet it can be said to be a critical field to used to discover discrepancies from theories or quantitative surveys — of how lives actually are impacted by changes or lack of change. I believe this to be the case in relation to the impact or developments in the field of artificial intelligence.

If I were to formulate it clearly I would say my current mission is:

Making artificial intelligence work for our shared ecology

Attempting to understand is part of this process. The community working with artificial intelligence may be important to understand possibilities or failures to attempt reaching a higher degree of sustainability and reducing global emissions.

Artificial intelligence is not the answer, yet can contribute to a house on fire. The question I am attempting to answer is whether this contribution will be water to extinguish the fire or gasoline leading to further adverse decisions.

My 80 articles so far

This is a summary article to help those who follow my writing to navigate in my articles so far. I can certainly do more to summarise my thoughts, and I will be working on a book release this autumn that could be more helpful than a set of links. In the meantime here is a link to all 80 of my articles so far.

First 50 days — general approach.
From day 50–80: a focus on AI safety.

Word count: 119,257.

1. Defining AI — #500daysofAI:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/500-days-of-artificial-intelligence-1-191cb486921b?source=friends_link&sk=887e8744ed51e477458ae60d2859dbad

2. An Essay On Applied Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Cities:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/an-essay-on-applied-artificial-intelligence-and-sustainable-cities-463fae866d77?source=friends_link&sk=23a53c2db129bdda4f243bd1cee9188a

3. Some Current Issues In Funding of Artificial Intelligence:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/some-current-issues-in-funding-of-ethical-artificial-intelligence-a7be9ca1a178?source=friends_link&sk=70ba1570388643fc8334f305d4ebd706

4. Patents In The Field of Artificial Intelligence:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/patents-in-the-field-of-artificial-intelligence-2019-52db9b03abe6?source=friends_link&sk=effdefe9c85481794fedad27d053990e

5. AI for Good and AI for Bad — published in The Startup:
https://medium.com/swlh/ai-for-good-and-ai-for-bad-71627e3d7849?source=friends_link&sk=7ed4065fd7913db8b71354f3480f2b25

6. AI Governance in Argentina and Uruguay:
https://medium.com/swlh/ai-governance-in-argentina-and-uruguay-aeb68417db93?source=friends_link&sk=d352d3f641fcafc9b45649a9035cf15b

7. Three Writers In The Field of AI:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/three-writers-in-the-field-of-ai-44f14c0e3402?source=friends_link&sk=3610e4980c85f65d70e791d5af082248

8. Scandinavian AI Strategies 2019 — published In Becoming Human:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/scandinavian-ai-strategies-2019-16ecec9f17dc?source=friends_link&sk=46ecb92fa21edd4a3268037c7fd7b926

9. Social Scientists and AI — published in AI Social Research:
https://medium.com/ai-social-research/social-scientists-and-ai-1d9d97a5246?source=friends_link&sk=fb29f5178e3c4b34b7ec56082bfc3e47

10. 10 reflections on AI:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/10-thoughts-on-artificial-intelligence-e94c6c533270?source=friends_link&sk=1d9868554318868dce78d1d7e973e58c

11. The Rise and Rise of Spacemaker AI — published in Towards Data Science:
https://towardsdatascience.com/the-rise-and-rise-of-spacemaker-ai-5c800a001caa?source=friends_link&sk=f820a79f1d7e5a3a9b6708099e31c363

12. Inequalities and AI — published in The Startup:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/inequalities-and-ai-255c28a706d4?source=friends_link&sk=540641bd952b87c2f7b8672acc70ca0b

13. Artificial Intelligence and Religion:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/artificial-intelligence-and-religion-7aebd77f95f1?source=friends_link&sk=e765eb857cc905410efa1884433db94d

14. AI Contextual Awareness Engine:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/ai-contextual-awareness-engine-283cfbbf2280?source=friends_link&sk=64d482122c97895a68eb57f679935fab

15. A Noob Is Critiquing My Algorithm:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/a-noob-is-critiquing-my-algorithm-7c0bf585758f?source=friends_link&sk=ce1165e59aec6f8665b246a8be177ee9

16. IRIS.AI Your Science Assistant — published in The Startup:
https://medium.com/swlh/iris-ai-your-science-assistant-60eefd3628ab?source=friends_link&sk=ade9119c43dd4634e1f10ca37efe4b15

17. Digital Insecurities:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/ai-cybersecurity-blockchain-and-the-climate-crisis-a10880046cd?source=friends_link&sk=d1a7ff36975422c8aa05b0e1dd293496

18. Artificial Intelligence in Switzerland:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/artificial-intelligence-in-switzerland-a2d6391b7c4?source=friends_link&sk=4f3de129c60eec480a6f632008524980

19. Water and Artificial Intelligence
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/water-and-artificial-intelligence-a7cf2ac23c17?source=friends_link&sk=bfb2c3e8c81a558023f3232e46473e74

20. Artificial Intelligence and Music:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/artificial-intelligence-and-music-f3f3b1421529?source=friends_link&sk=bc218c8f48fb7ea3ca43962b5dcd3473

21. #500daysofAI after 20 days:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/500daysofai-after-20-days-99daf69a8f02?source=friends_link&sk=afa3992d5e96befd4c318e3f6efe48c2

22. Everyday Life and Microprediction:
https://towardsdatascience.com/everyday-life-and-microprediction-f76c1721872a?source=friends_link&sk=a5ae0af21348e80b0cf482fc30856a73

23. Biased Bananas? 🍌
https://medium.com/zero-equals-false/biased-bananas-957f335ec2?source=friends_link&sk=2acd54689734e95dcd50022dc40beffe

24. AI and Nine Forms of Intelligence
https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-and-nine-forms-of-intelligence-5cf587547731?source=friends_link&sk=62970b5ed8c29279e1069657304c526b

25. Multimodal Elderly Care Systems Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Quality of Life:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/multimodal-elderly-care-systems-using-artificial-intelligence-to-improve-quality-of-life-992de2980787?source=friends_link&sk=ed622b591d2445fb0dbeb39fe9b4ebb7

26. Tales From Goodwin
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/tales-from-goodwind-d4403c1da48b?source=friends_link&sk=7b59cf627b8cabc3df0476cd09285c23

27. The Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR)
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/the-centre-for-artificial-intelligence-research-cair-5c1f4a0a440d?source=friends_link&sk=33e3b01d9d180a1de8f2e0b605c09968

28. The Qualitative Data Scientist
https://towardsdatascience.com/the-qualitative-data-scientist-e0eb1fb1ceb9?source=friends_link&sk=816b5c2278239abd478346ec5f3023af

29. AI in Physical Product Design
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/ai-in-physical-product-design-e67c02a8c2c1?source=friends_link&sk=9fcad1f438c0bfdcb082622786925e37

30. Very Artificial Poetry
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/very-artificial-poetry-1e690f8f097?source=friends_link&sk=c36e9f4e1f226d966b918b97913b1222

31. 30 Days of Artificial Intelligence
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/30-days-of-artificial-intelligence-96b56b1966e6?source=friends_link&sk=2ed9253d507be094357dd4c0c07b3fe5

32. AI and The Imposter Syndrome
https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-and-the-imposter-syndrome-bf66e1daf8d8?source=friends_link&sk=8e168fe5d71b939d5f0ac43557883623

33. The New Chinese Startup Smart Speaker Startup Maybe
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/the-new-chinese-smart-speaker-startup-maybe-3b290d6cc5c3?source=friends_link&sk=80389fe70dfa8b0e500b724c80f892e7

34. Artificial Intelligence of Things
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/artificial-intelligence-of-things-97278f810d8a?source=friends_link&sk=592b357a75d3e76dc0c0adcc2fe81760

35. Databaiting
https://towardsdatascience.com/databaiting-d26cad4c49ca?source=friends_link&sk=ddc5a5ed46c4947fb1010e10e50c112d

36. AI as a Service
https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-as-a-service-b465ddc0c7e0?source=friends_link&sk=cd53b7a877301333d4f7671540c8e910

37. Digital Violence and AI
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/digital-violence-and-ai-8300dee795c9?source=friends_link&sk=bca08914176abbe5c8c983cc408c1486

38. Stop in The Name of AI!
https://medium.com/towards-artificial-intelligence/stop-in-the-name-of-ai-490b1cda26b?source=friends_link&sk=dbf7cdd8b35da8b06a3fd9b31762ed37

39. Google AI and Developments in Semi-Supervised Learning
https://towardsdatascience.com/google-ai-and-developments-in-semi-supervised-learning-5b1a4ad29d67?source=friends_link&sk=ddc7b1d106980109b8699b187ee39191

40. Advancements in Semi-Supervised Learning with Unsupervised Augmented Data
https://towardsdatascience.com/advancements-in-semi-supervised-learning-with-unsupervised-data-augmentation-fc1fc0be3182?source=friends_link&sk=cbac033d5f98b5ff54daf4547a3d0ace

41. How is the Quiet Revolution in Semi-Supervised Learning Changing the Industry?
https://towardsdatascience.com/how-is-the-quiet-revolution-in-semi-supervised-learning-changing-the-industry-4a25f211ce1f?source=friends_link&sk=5d489e00953626ac206eceee8ac3c5fc

42. 40 days along with 500days of AI
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/40-days-along-with-500daysofai-a05167e9ac69?source=friends_link&sk=364ef2e465d53cf076c0ba9fb4079c64

43. Saving Wildlife with Epigram AI
https://medium.com/zero-equals-false/saving-wildlife-with-epigram-ai-32db125e4e22?source=friends_link&sk=08d4ab5ab4c951519e8d7fa5519f01f9

44. Google Federated Learning and AI
https://towardsdatascience.com/google-federated-learning-and-ai-64c6e4e4e22f?source=friends_link&sk=45176a2f883275f562669a7931190cf1

45. Artificial Intelligence and Pension
https://medium.com/swlh/artificial-intelligence-and-pension-f94c6f4915ee?source=friends_link&sk=2dca013ae1ee10728ab3b6771e0d0a8f

46. Databaiting with FaceApp
https://medium.com/zero-equals-false/databaiting-with-faceapp-1d810089f61d?source=friends_link&sk=e034427c03a753dfdd2b88fbf03877d4

47. Towards Social Data Science
https://towardsdatascience.com/towards-social-data-science-f90c5c020855?source=friends_link&sk=2c86ddf5dcdef6f055843d3f01771bed

48. Facebook vs. EU Artificial Intelligence and Data Politics
https://towardsdatascience.com/facebook-vs-eu-artificial-intelligence-and-data-politics-8ab5ba4abe40?source=friends_link&sk=756bbc8cf12d7bab4c83f6b802abdf9e

49. Artificial Intelligence and Fairness
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/artificial-intelligence-and-fairness-75c2490e8d57?source=friends_link&sk=32fc4151778edb664eb79dd57e712118

50. Far-Right Activism and AI
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/far-right-extremism-and-ai-ef93d55c6dee?source=friends_link&sk=64f67ba00148ddfd563ad14af37d57c8

51. Towards Artificial General Intelligence
https://medium.com/dataseries/openai-or-closedai-fae7bdd0fcff?source=friends_link&sk=4b572783e9ff49add07e4aef3ded34c3

52. Debating the AI Safety Debate
https://towardsdatascience.com/debating-the-ai-safety-debate-d93e6641649d?source=friends_link&sk=55e9229db0464a53c5b27d715c79b1fa

53. How does Facebook define Terrorism in relation to Artificial Intelligence:
https://towardsdatascience.com/artificial-intelligence-and-terrorism-in-social-media-cf166adaf78e?source=friends_link&sk=2bd40d725ee8f99a91181272bf20cfde

54. Avoiding Side Effects and Reward Hacking in Artificial Intelligence:
https://towardsdatascience.com/avoiding-side-effects-and-reward-hacking-in-artificial-intelligence-18c28161190f?source=friends_link&sk=b71f8915dc595fe44cbdeeb2f7d0a735

55. AI Safety and the Climate Crisis
https://medium.com/swlh/ai-safety-and-the-climate-crisis-dd232af145a2?source=friends_link&sk=6f039ba378b8269cad8276f3cf7858f0

56. Mitigation of Climate Change with Machine Learning
https://towardsdatascience.com/mitigation-of-climate-change-with-machine-learning-197f09c00fac?source=friends_link&sk=22c6f39c3fbf7fa34a12ab91fbb42cb7

57. Adaptation to Climate Change with Machine Learning
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/adaption-to-climate-change-with-machine-learning-47421cd04387?source=friends_link&sk=91aed82ad9c85320c179633ef900184c

58. AI Safety and Social Data Science
https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-safety-and-social-data-science-527c2c576a98?source=friends_link&sk=23c6f786de9571012aeec56d9adcff74

59. Artificial Intelligence and Norwegian Gender Quotas:
https://medium.com/swlh/artificial-intelligence-and-norwegian-gender-quotas-11d8d9bf114a?source=friends_link&sk=1217743d41cbfc1dd4efad588143769a

60. AI + Safety with DNV-GL:
https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-safety-with-dnv-gl-826500a401a7?source=friends_link&sk=a5d372109d613bae39abc3a4486e4248

61. Artificial Intelligence & The Bystander:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/artificial-intelligence-the-bystander-8185ed9367b7?source=friends_link&sk=770916644ec3feb299e2512ac1852a20

62. Does AI Safety Consider Job Safety or Not?:
https://becominghuman.ai/does-ai-safety-consider-job-safety-or-not-f21af695824e?source=friends_link&sk=e5e9a69612afea433e31571bce0ba412

63. Center for AI Safety at Stanford University:
https://medium.com/dataseries/center-for-ai-safety-at-stanford-university-fce999f12bc8?source=friends_link&sk=00bf743b0aed34d57b3c9829be33125c

64. Very Artificial Poetry #2:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/very-artificial-poetry-2-f0f2fde5450a?source=friends_link&sk=6fc0be6733f236ab6179c4acc0032d99

65. Artificial Intelligence Ethics vs. World Domination
https://towardsdatascience.com/artificial-intelligence-ethics-vs-world-domination-7cf2a5734151?source=friends_link&sk=43d1f42dc31c89d3b4410c3a3a0de271

66. Artificial Intelligence and Recent Billion Dollar Investments 2019
https://medium.com/dataseries/artificial-intelligence-and-recent-billion-dollar-investments-2019-759e78b042ad?source=friends_link&sk=698504869969768dd65cec8bc8cf8306

67. Artificial Intelligence and Trust:
https://becominghuman.ai/artificial-intelligence-and-trust-e2bc1ac548?source=friends_link&sk=301a1d6d95f8660f48b8d9e576d55d73

68. Safe Artificial General Intelligence:
https://towardsdatascience.com/safe-artificial-general-intelligence-29cb4ad0814e?source=friends_link&sk=3827586b6571324e19f63177fd5022fb

69. The Top Myths About Advanced AI:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/the-top-myths-about-advanced-ai-9961eb1f6987?source=friends_link&sk=7fc705f4096addfc059513067dffe383

70. AI Safety and Designing to Understand What Humans Really Want:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/ai-safety-and-designing-to-understand-what-humans-want-adcd3455d0c0?source=friends_link&sk=905acf0832aa754280abc3c47a9b277b

71. 70 days of Artificial Intelligence:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/70-days-of-artificial-intelligence-d2522f209ec7?source=friends_link&sk=caa3f87d22504c7d37b466dd147a19e1

72. Artificial Intelligence and the UNDP:
https://towardsdatascience.com/artificial-intelligence-and-the-undp-779b50de9acd?source=friends_link&sk=15b4720fb4210392b6e79aab48fac223

73. Elements of AI:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/elements-of-ai-b68ffb60526a?source=friends_link&sk=391dee2b6b14ce1e2751dbb664c40a64

74. AI Safety — How Do You Prevent Adversarial Attacks:
https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-safety-how-do-you-prevent-adversarial-attacks-ede17480a24d?source=friends_link&sk=6412985e912cb5e33a407490d342991a

75. How Safe is a Solution Within the Field of AI:
https://medium.com/ai-social-research/how-safe-is-a-solution-within-the-field-of-artificial-intelligence-16d32ae45886?source=friends_link&sk=6d3fec62c29bb188baf42b98974c3d43

76. AI Safety and LawTech:
https://medium.com/dataseries/artificial-intelligence-and-lawtech-4d7181a03202?source=friends_link&sk=034ca8e79398847bf9cac61c2fe53f46

77. Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology:
https://medium.com/datadriveninvestor/artificial-intelligence-and-biotechnology-c787c02f4d62?source=friends_link&sk=3f276dab183c40aa2087cc3e558b85e9

78. Evaluating Artificial Intelligence:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/evaluating-artificial-intelligence-5ca22e9f9bdb?source=friends_link&sk=671d0f39ee1fa7f1dfedde982ed0a714

79. AI and Collective Action:
https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-and-collective-action-ce2c15632911?source=friends_link&sk=19a68a623fb02b3acd04f8758ff9ea26

80. AI Safety in the Serengeti:
https://medium.com/zero-equals-false/ai-safety-in-the-serengeti-8a2c9dcf174a?source=friends_link&sk=20af45a84ab409407cd5d9587dc937af

81. United Kingdom and Artificial Intelligence:
https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/united-kingdom-and-artificial-intelligence-1a97ad37ac17?source=friends_link&sk=cfd651518c8d9ba43c6e30300dfb8cd5

This is day 82 of #500daysofAI writing every day about artificial intelligence.

Thank you for reading.

AI Policy and Ethics at www.nora.ai. Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own. twitter.com/AlexMoltzau

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