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The Effects of Artificial Intelligence on Climate

In 1950, the term AI, or Artificial Intelligence, first appeared in a paper by the English mathematician Alan Turing. We owe our knowledge of AI to him. Since then, our world has started to change step by step thanks to all kinds of new technological developments. Many of these developments may seem banal today but were brilliant inventions at the time. Technology is constantly evolving, and so is AI

Researchers are busy day and night creating and training new algorithms to be able to bring them to the market for their customers after the test phase. A contemporary example of this are the ‘Your daily mix’ playlists on Spotify that can easily generate a playlist personalized for you thanks to AI. Another example are the virtual assistants we have in our smartphones, such as Siri in Apple iPhone’s and Bixby in Samsung smartphones.

AI is quite impressive for most people because it often offers a totally unexpected solution to long-standing problems. Solving a Rubik’s Cube with a robotic hand, check. Man being able to play chess and win, check. Artificial Intelligence can also help us solve a very topical problem, climate change. But it also contributes to climate change because it itself causes CO2 emissions.

In a internet article written by Wired the many negative effects of AI are mentioned. For example, training one model is good for about 125 flights from New York to Beijing. Fortunately, there are also many solutions to combat these negative effects as mentioned in one internet article written by Nature Machine Intelligence .

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