Explore further: The environmental impact of artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence can help combat climate change but can also be a major contributor to the emissions issues our world is facing. The energy it takes to ‘train’ an AI program can be excessive. Take the training of a powerful language model which was estimated to have consumed enough energy during it’s training stages to leave a carbon footprint big enough to drive a car ‘from Earth to the moon and back.’
On the other hand, the long-term effects of implementing AI on the environment, could positively enable 93% of environmental-based targets such as the creation of low-carbon cities, IoT devices that modulate their consumption of electricity, smart grids that integrate renewable energy and the ability to combat marine pollution.