In the coming decades, digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change the global economy and the international division of labor as well as society, politics, regulatory systems, human thinking and the world of work. The interrelationships between digitalization, AI and sustainability are characterized above all by high uncertainties, high rates of change, large knowledge deficits and diverse design challenges. The Agenda 2030 did not anticipate the dynamics and the far-reaching change processes brought about by digitalization and AI, but only occasionally mentions the opportunities offered by “information and communication technologies” and digital inequality.
The Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB) intends to contribute to anchoring the issues of digitalization and artificial intelligence in sustainability research.
Contemporary society is characterized by increasing mobility in both a geographical and social sense. In the case of geographical mobility and migration, classic factors must be mentioned first, such as conflicts, economic drivers, catastrophes and, in the future, presumably climate-related environmental changes. The second important dimension of mobility is the social one in a vertical sense (social advancement) as well as in a lateral sense, in that a normal working life becomes more and more diverse. Scientific and technological progress, which fundamentally changes social orders and offers mankind fundamentally new opportunities in terms of geographical and social mobility, poses decisive new challenges to this mobility. The diverse interactions between these different dimensions of mobility have hardly been the subject of sustainability research to date.
The Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB) contributes to closing this gap.
The future of humanity will to a large extent depend on reliable and secure access to food and the sustainable use of energy, water and raw materials. In view of climate change and dwindling resources, renewable sources and their basis play a central role in this context. The Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will only be achievable by overcoming current resource use. Population growth, rising food requirements and environmental pressures are leading to central conflicts of interest in sustainable development in terms of higher living standards, limited cultivable land with increasing soil degradation, shrinking water supplies and loss of biodiversity.
The Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB) intends to contribute to solutions for these challenges and conflicting goals in the field of tension between social, ecological and economic boundary conditions.