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Distinguished lecture: Adrian Friday

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Sep 06

Date and time: 6 September 2022, 13:00-14:00 CEST (UTC +2)
Speaker: Adrian Friday, Lancaster University
Title: Will ICT help save the world? Exploring the role of ICT in promoting sustainability

Where: Digital Futures hub, Osquars Backe 5, floor 2 at KTH main campus


Meeting ID: 695 6088 7455
Password: 755440

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Moderator: Emil Björnson

Picture of Adrian FridayAbstract: In the talk, I will discuss the magnitude of the challenge facing us.  Why I believe technology is important in addressing this.  I think many dominant narratives about the role of ICT are, I believe, wrong; and are, in fact, inherently limited in their view of possible gains and impacts ICT might have in the future.  I’ll then address my thoughts on whether ICT can help save the planet in the Anthropocene and offer some closing discussion points on things to consider to ensure that ongoing and future work is appropriately framed to have a genuine and positive impact.

Adrian Friday is a Scholar in residence in August 2022 at Digital Futures.

Bio: Adrian Friday is a Professor of Computing and Sustainability at Lancaster University, UK.  My work focuses on how ubiquitous systems, data, and empirical studies reveal everyday life’s environmental and energy impacts and offer new, more sustainable ways of doing.  I am passionate about understanding the relationship between the digital and the future and how to promote sustainability.  My collaborative and multidisciplinary projects in this area have focused on various sites of energy demand aligned with digital futures.  These have included energy use in the home, thermal comfort, sustainable food shopping (rich and healthy life), and understanding last-mile logistics to promote sustainability (‘smart society’).  My ongoing projects focus on environmental and social justice for the gig economy and a significant new research programme exploring a combined statistical, machine learning and qualitative approaches toward net zero from energy and IoT data, co-designed with commercial stakeholders.
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