AI and Data Science for Social Good - Monash Prato Dialogue

Event date:  10 February 2022

The Monash Prato Dialogue is a Distinguished Lecture series on Artificial Intelligence and its impact on society. In the sixth lecture of the series, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo presented principles and recommendations to support a governance strategy to leverage the opportunities offered by AI for the climate crisis in a responsive, evidence-based, and ethically sound manner.

Watch the lecture recording below.



During the lecture, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo referenced the following resources:

  • PwC/Microsoft report on “How AI can enable a sustainable future" (PDF)
  • The AI gambit: leveraging artificial intelligence to combat climate change—opportunities, challenges, and recommendations (Research Paper)
  • AI for SDGs projects (Website)
  • How to design AI for social good: Seven essential factors (Research Paper)
  • How AI can be a force for good (Research Paper)
  • Artificial intelligence and the climate emergency: Opportunities, challenges, and recommendations (Research Paper)
  • A definition, benchmark and database of AI for social good initiatives (Research Paper)
  • Tackling climate change with Machine Learning (Research Paper)
  • Green AI (Research Paper)
  • AI index report 2019 (PDF)

Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo is Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and is Defence Science and Technology Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Her work focuses mainly on the ethical analysis of Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, cyber conflicts, and ethics of digital innovation.

Her area of expertise is Philosophy and Ethics of Information. Her research has been published in major journals like Nature, Nature Machine Intelligence, Science, and Science Robotics. Since 2019, she leads a DSTL (Defence Science Technology Laboratory, Ministry of Defence UK) funded research project on the Ethics of AI in National Defence.

Dr Taddeo has received multiple awards including the 2010 Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy, and the 2016 World Technology Award for Ethics. In 2018, InspiringFifty named her among the most inspiring 50 Italian women working in technology. ORBIT listed her among the top 100 women working on Ethics of AI in the world.

She is also one the twelve 2020 "Outstanding Rising Talents" named by the Women's Forum for Economy and Society. Since 2016, Taddeo serves as Editor-in-Chief of Minds & Machines (SpringerNature) and of Philosophical Studies Series (SpringerNature).


In December 2020, the Council of the European Union accepted conclusions designed to address the "twin societal challenge of digital transformation and green transition", encouraging the European Commission to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050 by "leveraging digital solutions to enhance environmental protection [and] climate action".

Indeed, using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address the climate emergency is one of the most compelling opportunities that digital societies have in this respect. While AI has a great potential to improve sustainability and address climate change, its use may also exacerbate ethical and social frictions already associated with AI and have a negative environmental impact, given the greenhouse gases emitted when training data and computation-intensive AI systems.

Because of this, Dr Taddeo argues that leveraging the opportunities offered by AI for the climate crisis requires responsive, evidence-based, ethically sound, and effective governance to become a winning strategy. In this talk, she will present principles and recommendations to support such a governance strategy.

Monash Prato Dialogue - Fostering Global Dialogue & Discovery in AI and Data Science

The Monash Data Futures Institute Prato Dialogue Distinguished Lecture Series aims to explore the evolving impact of data science and AI in society by fostering a global dialogue.

The lecture series takes its name from Monash University's Centre in Prato, Italy. Located in the heart of Tuscany, our Prato Centre represents a European base for international research and education, intellectual and cultural exchanges and brings people together to meet, learn and collaborate with peers and colleagues from around the world.

Please note: this lecture series is presently virtual.

Schedule of lectures and links to video recordings: