Sims Witherspoon

Applied AI climate scientist
Techno-optimist Sims Witherspoon seeks to benefit humanity by building AI applications that solve the toughest challenges in climate science.

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A leader at the AI research lab DeepMind, Sims Witherspoon is focused on finding ways for artificial intelligence to both advance science and benefit humanity. Although she calls herself a techno-optimist, she is not a techno-solutionist -- someone who expects technology to solve all our problems for us -- and she welcomes debate on the difference.
Sims spent the last decade building technologies for social good and was a founding member of Google's Crisis Response team, which develops and activates products like SOS Alerts that deliver timely, relevant information to people during natural and human-made crises. She is also the cofounder of the Centre for AI & Climate, an international organization connecting technology, policy and business to accelerate the world's transition to net zero.

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Live from TED Countdown Summit 2023

Momentum: Notes from Session 7 of TED Countdown Summit 2023

July 14, 2023

TED Countdown Summit 2023 concluded with a wide-ranging session featuring eight inspiring takes from around the world on how to ensure a fast, fair transition to a clean energy future. The event: Talks from Session 6 of TED Countdown Summit 2023, hosted by TED’s David Biello and Lindsay Levin with journalist Orlando P. Bailey. When […]

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