AI for Whom? Shedding Critical Light on AI for Social Good

Published: 21 Oct 2023, Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023NeurIPS CompSust 2023 PosterEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
Keywords: ai for social good; sustainability; techno-solutionism
TL;DR: Instead of framing AI for Social Good (AI4SG) work as a function of 'good', we should be framing it in terms of sustainability from a variety of angles (social, economical, environmental, etc.).
Abstract: In recent years, AI for Social Good (AI4SG) projects have grown in scope and popularity, covering a variety of topics from climate change to education and being the subject of numerous workshops and conferences at a global scale. In the current article, we reflect upon AI4SG, its definition and its current limitations. We propose ways to address these limitations, from connecting with relevant disciplines to a better consideration of the constraints and context of project deployment. We conclude with a proposal to refocus the field of AI4SG around the concept of sustainability from a variety of angles, arguing that this will help the field evolve while taking its own impacts into account.
Submission Number: 13