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Politics struggles with understanding software efficiency and act accordingly


Politics talks about efficient economy

We will be a world leader in circular economy and clean technologies — Ursula von der Leyen1

talks about efficient IT

We will have to develop technologies with the Green New Deal to minimize energy consumption and improve energy efficiency […] The fight against climate change cannot be won without digital solutions — Margrethe Vestager2

even talks about efficient software algorithms

Environmental protection must be programmed into every algorithm — Svenja Schulze3

but acts differently

27 million EUR funding for Environmental protection by AI algorithms — Svenja Schulze4

silly enough: AI is part of the problem

Machine learning generates far more carbon emissions than most people realize — HAI Stanford5

Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes — MIT Technology Review6

hence IT professionals warn to not ignore IT efficiency

The [European] Commission should legislate specific and ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction requirements accompanied by suitable enforcement mechanisms for the ICT sector overall — Oliver Grau7

even the industry lobby is worried

In addition to acute crisis management, a long-term view of climate protection and strategic competitive opportunities for innovative technologies must not be lost — BDI The Voice of German Industry8


I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts — Bill Gates



  1. Political Guidelines for the next European Commission 2019-2024↩︎

  2. EU Commissioner warns of internet’s energy use, climate consequences, 15. December 2019↩︎

  3. German Secretary for the environment, May 7th 2019↩︎

  4. German Secretary for the environment, August 21st 2019↩︎

  5. AI’s Carbon Footprint Problem, July 2nd 2020↩︎

  6. Deep learning has a terrible carbon footprint, June 6th 2019 arXiv↩︎

  7. Chair ACM Europe Technology Policy Committe, June 22nd 2020↩︎

  8. From “Green deal” to “Smart deal”, June 3rd 2020↩︎

 

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