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Artificial Intelligence, Real Climate Impacts

Artificial intelligence can do some pretty amazing things, including for the climate. AI can help optimize the electric grid, make heating and cooling buildings more efficient, and pinpoint exactly where greenhouse gas emissions are coming from all around the world. 

On the other hand, the energy use of AI infrastructure is massive and growing. A recent study estimates that in just a few years, the extra energy needed will equal whole countries the size of Sweden or Argentina. How do we make sure the benefits of AI outweigh its energy costs?

This program was produced for radio and podcast and was not an in-person program.


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April 12, 2024

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Priya Donti

Assistant Professor, MIT; Co-founder and Chair, Climate Change AI 

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Karen Hao

Contributing Writer, The Atlantic 

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Gavin McCormick

Cofounder and Executive Director, WattTime; Cofounder, Climate TRACE

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Amy McGovern

Professor of Computer Science, University of Oklahoma