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Is Generative AI Value Its Environmental Footprint? Will generative AI make us more productive?

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Is Generative AI Value Its Environmental Footprint?
Will generative AI make us more productive?

Generative AI may need a noticeable environmental footprint, and this story discusses what we may stand to realize in return.

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Generative AI is receiving a whole lot of attention nowadays. ChatGPT reportedly has tons of of hundreds of thousands of users and similar functionality is allegedly being built into a large number of digital products starting from Microsoft Word and Teams to search engines like google and yahoo.

The environmental footprint of generative AI may very well be noticeable if billions of individuals begin to make use of generative AI extensively every day [1].

But will the worth we accrue from this technology outweigh the potential environmental costs?

That’s the query I’ll attempt to shed some light on in this text by outlining some perspectives on what we may stand to realize.

First, I’ll provide some perspectives on potential productivity gains from generative AI.

Then, I’ll discuss whether generative AI might be a net positive or a net negative technology.

Next, I’ll discuss the extent to which generative AI may reduce inequality.

Finally, I’ll provide my perspective on whether we must always expect generative AI to hurry up the green transition.

Scope

Please note that what follows concerns only generative AI. Generative AI is distinct from other kinds of AI.

Also note that I focus solely on generative AI that generates text (including code) and discard image and sound generation technology.

For a straightforward working definition of generative AI, see [2].

Let’s consider the extent to which generative AI could lead on to productivity gains. One study of the effect of ChatGPT on productivity in various writing and evaluation tasks found that…

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