Roel Dobbe in Geographical about the carbon footprint of AI and cloud computing

News - 10 November 2020 - Webredactie

Artificial intelligence offers high potential solutions to the climate crisis, but evidence suggests that AI systems and cloud computing will need to clean up their own energy bills. Roel Dobbe, AI researcher, explains that in the AI field, there is a dominant but false belief that “bigger is better”, and that assumption drives the use of increased computation and bigger data sets in the development of AI models. As AI relies on more computational power, its carbon footprint increases.