Visualizing the consequences of Climate Change
We are not only a rational species. We also (re)act based on our emotions. Some argue they are actually the only way we make up our minds. So here are 2 central observations:
- We’re at least partly not rational
- Our rational minds have not lead us to sufficient action against Climate Change.
That’s why we hope that by bringing the future closer to people’s minds, we can actually trigger a more emotional and visceral reaction which in turn will trigger relevant actions and change our behaviors in order to limit the consequences of Climate Change.
Images have a great role in how we percieve the world and they do trigger emotions. This is why we try and create personalized visualizations of climate-related extreme events. For our current prototype, we focus on floods.
How you can help
We have this open repository: a shared knowledge database we use to discuss topics, distribute tasks and manage the project.
Do check, raise and solve [issues](https://github.com/cc-ai/kdb/issues)!
# How it works
Our current goal is to create visualizations with GANs. We've tried CycleGans, looked into Attention-Guided CycleGANs and are currently checking out Instance-Aware GANs for unsupervised Image-to-Image translation.
We have a lot of other ideas and yours are welcome!
## Areas of interest
There are tons of subject to be discussed around this project, including but not restricted to:
* AI (GANs or other approaches)
* Economic and Climate Modeling
* Behavioral Sciences
* Web development
* UI/UX design + user research
# Want to have a look?
Here are a few resources for you to get a better understanding of what we are trying to do:
* [A 2 page executive summary with references](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WQtugSBgMVB-i0RhgCg_qaP7WDj7aimWvpZytKTEqY4/edit)
* A 5-page paper published at the AI for Social Good workshop at ICLR 2019
* [Slides for the presentation](https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/102ls8OLOEnpAJtplqChALnBt_qxZz_NhqvPQebXbyNM/edit?usp=sharing)
* [Our Facebook page](https://www.facebook.com/climatechangeai)