Artificial intelligence (AI) is hot every way, and all are eager to chase down the latest important opinion about the new developments, the primal fears, and the measurable impacts on society. What seldom arises is AI’s environmental impact. New Scientist brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Artificial intelligence training is powered mostly by fossil fuels.

AI has been cited as a potential tool for combating climate change. Technology companies, however, need to do more to prevent AI from becoming a source of environmental degradation. Currently AI training is powered mostly by fossil fuels. Less than 25 per cent of AIs use low-carbon energy sources such as hydroelectricity and nuclear power during training.

Mostly, AI is presented in binary terms in both popular culture and political analysis. Either it represents the key to a futuristic utopia or it is the first step toward a dystopian rise of machines. This same binary thinking is practiced by academics, entrepreneurs, and even activists in relation to the application of AI in combating climate change.

The development of AI technology is a symbol of incredible progress. Progress, however, is not one size fits all, and the companies developing these technologies have a responsibility to ensure that marginalized communities do not bear the brunt of the negative side effects of the AI revolution.

Melody K. Smith

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