May 26, 2022 07:41 PM

Opinion: AI Has a Role to Play in Climate Change, but It May Come at a Cost

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Photo: VCG

Human activities are changing Earth’s climate. By making more accurate predictions and using resources more efficiently, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to help reduce climate change. By contrast, the training and use of large deep learning (DL) models is not energy-efficient, and sometimes even contributes adversely to climate change.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. All nations must make extreme efforts to reduce emissions to achieve the two-degree target for global temperature rises set in Dec. 2015 as part of the Paris Agreement. In addition to converting energy supplies to renewable sources of energy, technical innovations play a major role in reducing and avoiding emissions.

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