In addition to rather abstract topics such as the linking of different ecosystems through Big Data, the visionaries of the future also presented very concrete and tangible examples of how artificial intelligence can promote social and ecological sustainability. For example, Dr James Gifford, Senior Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich, and Michèle Meister, Sustainable and Impact Investing Advisory at Credit Suisse, used a fictitious young Angolan mango farmer to show how people from developing or emerging countries can build their own business with the help of AI tools. Artificial intelligence accompanied the farmer from the recipe for a mango jam to the creation of a business plan and a logo.
Another buzzword in connection with sustainable agriculture is "vertical farming". Mark Zahran, founder & CEO of the Swiss company YASAI gave the attendees an insight into his automated, AI-controlled greenhouses, in which he cultivates organic indoor herbs on several levels. This cultivation method promises large yields on a small area, a reduction in transport distances and avoidance of pesticides.
In addition, several companies presented their innovative solutions in the fields of renewable energies, healthcare, agriculture and mental health.