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by Vani Miglani | 30-05-2023 15:01 recommendations 0

      From Bytes to Sustainability: Unlocking the Path to a Greener Future

Did you know that the carbon footprint generated by training a single AI model can exceed the lifetime emissions of five cars? Yes, you read that right. The very technology that has captivated our imaginations and propelled us into a new era of possibilities poses significant environmental challenges. In a world where AI is revolutionizing every walk of life, it is crucial to ask this question – Does the digital revolution pose a looming threat to our environment?

Imagine a world where AI-powered smart grids optimize energy distribution, reducing waste and lowering our carbon footprint. Indeed, the potential for AI to revolutionize sustainability efforts is staggering, offering hope for a brighter and greener future. But there is a flip side to the coin. The sheer computational power required to fuel AI systems demands immense energy resources.  Data centers hosting AI infrastructure consume an exorbitant amount of electricity which is equivalent to to the energy needs of entire towns. This voracious appetite for energy raises concerns about our ability to sustain AI's growth without harming the environment.

The environmental consequences of AI are not limited to energy consumption alone. The production and disposal of AI hardware and devices also contribute to electronic waste which is a significant environmental problem. Moreover, the need for rapid upgrades in these technologies create an infinite waste generation loop. A shocking report from the Global E-waste Monitor 2020 reveals that approximately 54 million metric tonnes of electronic waste were generated worldwide in 2019 alone. What's more concerning is that smartphones have an average lifespan of just two to three years before they are replaced!

Addressing the sustainability of AI requires a multi-faceted approach. Energy efficiency should be at the forefront of AI development. By optimizing algorithms and hardware, we can reduce the computational power required, leading to lower energy consumption. Along with this, investing in research and development efforts that focus on energy-efficient AI models and specialized hardware can significantly mitigate the environmental impact.

It is only through collaboration among industry leaders, researchers, and policymakers that we can develop sustainable practices and policies for AI. Initiatives such as the Partnership on AI and the Green AI Consortium are fostering discussions and driving innovation towards sustainable AI. By fostering collaboration and collectively working towards common goals, we can we navigate the path of technological advancement while preserving the delicate balance of our environment.



1.     Marr, Bernard. "Green Intelligence: Why Data and AI Must Become More Sustainable." Forbes, 22 March 2023, www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2023/03/22/green-intelligence-why-data-and-ai-must-become-more-sustainable/?sh=497780f87658.

2.  "Environmental impact of machine learning." Emma Strubell, Ananya Ganesh, and Andrew McCallum. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), 2019.

3. "Sustainable Artificial Intelligence: The Role of Industry and Policy Makers." Partnership on AI, 2020.



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Vani Miglani

  • Vani Miglani says :
    Thank you Mentor James and Mentor Yewon! I am glad you both found the report meaningful! T
    Posted 27-06-2023 14:11

James Mentor

  • James Mentor says :
    Hello Vani!! This is your mentor James.

    First of all, sorry for the late comment!

    What an interesting topic to discuss about! AI is certainly a promising field of technology which could promote energy efficiency and distribution throughout cities and nations as well as lower the production of waste materials by analyzing the overall trend of product sink and source with high accuracy. Thus, our job now is to lower the direct electrical power consumption of this high-tech by developing and/or minimizing algorithm steps for AI operation.

    Thanks for writing such a meaningful report! Great work.
    Posted 24-06-2023 13:03

Yewon Mentor

  • Yewon Mentor says :
    Hello Vani! This is your mentor Yewon.

    Your report is very interesting and well-written!
    AI is one of the most popular issues in current society, and the use of AI will be greatly increased in close future.
    I was especially interested in the use of AI-powered smart grid technology!
    I hope AI will be developed more and used to protect the environment!

    Thank you for your informative report! Great work!!
    Posted 03-06-2023 03:08

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