The Sustainability Game: AI Technology as an Intervention for Public Understanding of Cooperative Investment

Andreas Theodorou, Bryn Bandt-Law, Joanna J Bryson

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Cooperative behaviour is a fundamental strategy for survival; it positively affects economies, social relationships, and makes larger societal structures possible. People vary, however, in their willingness to engage in cooperative behaviour in a particular context. Here we examine whether AI can be effectively used to to alter individuals' implicit understanding of cooperative dynamics, and hence increase cooperation and participation in public goods projects. We developed an intervention - the Sustainability Game (SG) - to allow players to experience the consequences of individual investment strategies on a sustainable society. Results show that the intervention significantly increases individuals' cooperative behaviour in partially anonymised public goods contexts, but enhances competition one-on-one. This indicates our intervention does improve transparency of the systemic consequences of individual cooperative behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Conference on Games 2019, CoG 2019
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728118840
ISBN (Print)9781728118840
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE Conference on Computatonal Intelligence and Games, CIG
ISSN (Print)2325-4270
ISSN (Electronic)2325-4289


  • Agent-based modelling
  • Behavioural economics
  • Persuasive technologies
  • Serious games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software


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