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AI and Climate

When we think about Artificial Intelligence, climate doesn’t always come along. But when you start to think about what’s behind the AI technology - computer chips - you will be more than shocked how much carbon emissions do they contribute every day.

A paper titled Chasing Carbon found that chip manufacturing was responsible for the majority of the carbon output of a consumer electronic device, rather than usage over its entire life cycle. And the process could get even more energy-intensive. How many electronic devices do you own?

The world’s most important advance technology is nearly all produced in a single facility - the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company(TSMC) makes all of the world’s most advanced AI chips including videos GPUs, google TPUs, the Ai chips from Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla .. Artificial Intelligence technology simply would be possible without those Chips. A magazine quote TSMC ”The world’s most important company that you probably never heard of.” A CEO of a video company said”Basically there is air and TSMC.”

A company as TSMC has the absolute dominant power over many topics includes carbon emissions. TSMC pledged to meet net zero emissions by 2050, while some US and European rivals aim to achieve the target before 2030.

Energy consumption accounts for 62% of TSMC’s emissions but shortage of renewable energy could affect its road maps for reaching net zero emissions. An energy mix low in renewables and a lack of mature, recognised renewable energy certificates in the region are two factors holding back its pursuit of greener opinions.

Despite the vast amount of clean water usage during the chips production and tons of chemical waste, chips industries are struggling to go green. As an industrial leader TSMC has the responsibility to cut the emissions and push the climate agenda.

AI technology is rising so does the earth’s the temperature.

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/18/semiconductor-silicon-chips-carbon-footprint-climate


https://www.ft.com/content/40b02b1b-222f-40cb-b786-eacb3f01e697



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  • Sarah Chabane

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    The climate impact of AI is still a grey zone that needs to be studied in more details as we get into an increasing AI-based economy

    • Esther Wanjiku

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      We believe in the ever evolving world of AI ,immense developments will happen and sustainable energy will be among them.

      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Munene Mugambi

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          So this is AI's hidden dirty side. Chip production creates massive carbon emissions, despite being essential for AI. TSMC, lags behind in green efforts, relying on fossil fuels and lacking renewable options. This tech boom comes at a cost to the planet. Let them find a way to go sustainable or go out of business, no hurting the planet. We won't allow it

          • George Kariuki

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            Wow, this is a real eye-opener! I never thought about the environmental impact of making the chips that power AI. TSMC needs to do better!

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            • Munene Mugambi

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              @george_kariuki As it turns out, this chip making is very energy intensive and this inefficiency causes defects not to the chips or the AI, but to a more important thing, the planet. Profiteering should not come between us and a livable world. They have to do better

            • Jane Wangui

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              Artificial intelligence has been very helpful to everyone... Perhaps coming up with alternative ways of reducing the pollution will help us still use the artificial intelligence and not at the expense of our environment.

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              • Munene Mugambi

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                @jane_wangui Yes, it is important to find the balance between AI advancements and environmental conservation efforts. One should not thrive at the expense of the other, the planet needs to be prioritised and sustainability has to be factored in by all the AI companies.

                • Esther Wanjiku

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                  @jane_wangui Indeed well said

                • Princess

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                  It's essential for the AI Technology to prioritize sustainability and develop more energy-efficient algorithms and hardware designs to mitigate these effects.

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