AI and the planet

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In another discussion, educated_fern wondered about whether the development of AI could help with future environmental challenges. This got us thinking…

Do you think that AI will be more good than bad for the planet? Or more bad than good for the planet?

This discussion was inspired by educated_fern of Jagat Mandir Secondary School in Nepal. Well done, you've won five stars for having your idea published!

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  • I think AI could be the bad for the planet because of all of the e-waste metal and plastic that has been stuck or screwed together can't be recycled and it has to be very strong so your ai can work. The simple way to say this is that phones, laptops all go into the bin or in second hand and break. But also AI could also help with sorting the recycling picking up litter from the floor and do the compost. For me it's a win-win because if I separate all of this into bad for the environment and good for the environment it would be a tie. My class has also thought about it too but their unsure. The bad thing is that if you even tried to recycle e-waste it wouldn't work because of the toxic metals in it. What do you think?

    1. I agree with you jolly heart because people do throw these things away and don't recycle these things.
      These toxic metals could really harm our environment and damage our life.
      I really like your ideas jolly heart .
      Well done !

    2. I agree because... People often discard e-waste, harming the environment. Many don't reconsider recycling, leading to potential damage to our surroundings and lifestyle. Your point is crucial highlighting the importance of addressing this issue. Thank you for bringing attention to it.

      1. your so right, e-waste is a big problem for nature and our health when not handled right. Electronics have bad chemicals stuff like lead and mercury that can leak out and make the environment sick. But if we recycle them, we save our resources and protect our planet. Let's make the earth greener 🌍.

    3. With respect to your comment jolly heart, I am in a disagree with the your statement as AI has several research and large scale data management benifits along with better observational gadgets. If we speak in regard to the statement " That materials that make up the device in which AI algorithms run are non recyclable " According to data collected from search engines several parts of AI including Printer cartridges ,CMOS Battery ,Circuit boards ,Power cord ,Ray tube ,CD or DVD, ROM ,Cables ,Aluminum or plastic casing,
      Keyboard , Glass monitor , Motherboard ,
      Graphics, SSD, and audio cards along with the materials that the computer parts are made up of, including gold and silicon in the CPU, aluminum that seals the magnetic disk, steel and copper in the optical drive, and silver, glass, and plastic, are recyclable . Only 2% of the components of computer are non recyclable same goes for more advanced technological devices with non recyclable waste percentage being very less .

      1. thank you for your feedback about my work I really think you had a good reason the topic too

    4. I agree because people in this age usually throw away their old device just to get the latest one, so by time AI is fully operational, the amount metal devices thrown away will be over millions & millions tons . I still do agree that this metal will be recycled and used to manufacture more robots that could replace soldier during any battle that might happen and this prevents any humans actually getting harmed during warfare

      1. I agree because... Nowadays, it's so common for people to ditch their old gadgets just to grab the latest ones. And as AI becomes more advanced, we're likely to see even more electronic waste pile up—we're talking about tons and tons of metal devices being tossed aside every year. It's definitely a concerning trend that we need to address.
        But here's the thing: we can't ignore the potential for recycling to help out here. All that metal from discarded devices can be reused to create AI-powered robots, which could actually be pretty useful, like in military situations where they could take the place of human soldiers. So, while we're adding to the pile of waste, at least we're finding ways to put it to good use.
        Plus, there's a silver lining to this: using AI in military settings could actually save lives. By sending robots into dangerous situations instead of people, we're keeping our soldiers out of harm's way. It's a win-win: we're reducing casualties and making the most of recycled materials to advance technology.

        1. Hi astounding_petal
          I agree with you because recycling electronic waste, particularly metal components, presents a smart solution to mitigate the environmental impact. Reusing materials from discarded devices to create AI-powered robots demonstrates a creative approach to repurposing resources. The idea of using AI-powered robots in military settings to reduce human casualties is a good way of saving lives because if the robots get damaged, their parts can be replaced, but if soldiers get injured, most parts of them can't be fixed or replaced to get them in battle again.

    5. I agree that there are both positives and negatives, the metals used in some AI does use precious resources and might involve mining or destroying the environment to get to them. As long as they are developing ways to use maybe renewable resources as well. But your right if they can help with helping to clean the planet like the robots that are used in the sea that help to clean out out the plastics and rubbish that ends up in the sea and end up hurting the wildlife. I think that Al could might be better as it just does its job it’s programmed to do. A human might have other motives for doing something like it might not want to recycle its waste as it cost too much or they are feeling lazy that day.
      Al could also be used in places in the world that humans might not be able to or that are too dangerous like go deep under the sea or in places that might be toxic to humans. Like robots might help to repair or clean places where there is toxic waste.

    6. I agree as AI develops so will some of the negative affects it will have on the environment, I have read about the potential large carbon footprint, The large amount of electronic waste which contains hazardous material that can contaminate our soil and water supplies.
      I do think that there are negatives to AI but I’m not sure if it outweighs the good as long as it is made responsibly.

    7. I agree with you, because all the waste material produced from the AI can't be recycled because of toxic metals which is very dangerous for our planet. It creates pollution in the environment. The waste produced from the AI is very hard to manage which is a problem for our planet. So we should try develop AI which can be easily recycled after it's use.

    8. I agree because us humans can spot many of the recycle trash and we could immediately know which place to sort it. AI isn't very that much technical so, they wouldn't be able to spot our trash and quickly recycle. Possibly, what if AI starts malfunctioning? AI is really bad.

  • I think that AI can be good in one way and bad in another way.The facts that help me believe that AI will be good for the future is that the productivity of AI (artificial intelligence) may boost our workplaces, which will benefit people by enabling them to do more work. As the future of AI replaces tedious or dangerous tasks, the human workforce is liberated to focus on tasks for which they are more equipped such as those requiring creativity and empathy .It also helps people do tasks quicker and better and allows them to make more efficient decisions. On the other hand I also think AI can be bad for the future stating that AI may have its own carbon footprint and negative environmental impact because it relies heavily on computing data centres. Those data centres consume a large amount of electricity and also require a significant amount of water for cooling purposes. But, AI systems may not always be fully reliable, leading to distrust in their decision-making capabilities. Over-reliance on AI can make humans dependent on technology and reduce critical thinking skills. This is why I agree AI can be good and bad for the future.

    1. I agree with you funny_potato, the reason being is that I think that as you said AI can be good in a way and bad in another way, the reason being is that there is an equal balance of AI having negative and positive impacts on the world. A s you said. AI helps in doing tasks quicker and better which can save a lot of time and release burdens from people's backs. Moreover as you said, AI can help in dangerous tasks and workplaces, due to this, human being can focus on works which involve in empathy and creativity.
      However, the negative side of AI people start to solely rely on it, and if you rely on something for long and it has never failed you; you trust it wholeheartedly. But AI cannot always provide the right answers and decision. As you said, by relying on AI, we humans will start to doubt our decision making capabilities. Moreover, if we humans depend on AI for everything, it will decrease the self -esteem we have in our life skills. Thus I exceedingly agree with your point about AI being good in one way, and bad in another way.

      1. Artificial intelligence's impact on Swiffer decision-making processes is one of its main outcomes. AI systems can offer insightful data that helps with decision-making. In addition to making people dependent on it and fatigued artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to significantly impact society given that the digital world consumes a substantial amount of energy, which accounts for 73.2% of global emissions. Does this suggest that artificial intelligence (AI) is terrible for humans or good? Because everything has a positive and a negative aspect, focusing on the positive aspect only serves to highlight how beneficial AI is to humans, while focusing on the negative aspect discourages people from using AI even when it really helped, the negative and positive side makes using AI look very confusing and and stressful because of this two side, so is AI really helping or destroying.

    2. I do agree the end product of using (AI) is very good technology that makes work easier and faster which has relieved a lot of people from the stress of having to do their work and balancing also having to do domestic work like chores yes I do agree with the leftover time many people can engage their selves with recreational activities or more time for self-development. yes with the increase in the production of (AI) the carbon footprint of all humans will increase in percentage. the (AI) will negatively impact the environment yes the amount of energy and electricity will increase the (AI) is not reliable and can fail at any time

  • I honestly think AI will be more bad than good for the planet, because AI will more than likely take a lot of opportunities that real humans should have, such as some jobs, and AI will eventually start to take over the world. Everyone's going to be used to using AI to do important things, and everyone will be trusting AI to do things for them. The qualities of a real human will no longer be as appreciated as they should be, due to the simplicity of just using the internet and AI.

    1. I disagree because... AI is supposed to make people's lives easier, not for taking opportunities from them. AI helps people by, discovering job opportunities which are open for hiring, or finding businesses/companies which will show a person between which is best to work at. I know people might take advantage of AI by, letting it complete all their daily activities, which will make them lazy and relaxed, meanwhile some people also use AI to help them with their everyday lives, like work that needs to be completed, AI can help the person with his/her work, which will release stress from their day. I think AI would still have a part in helping the environment, because of some device's which can be...:
      (1) Automated grass cutter.
      (2) temperature changing devices.
      (3) Tracking icebergs and identifying population devices.
      The list of AI devices goes on and on, together with some devices which are still being built and will be used in the future. I think people shouldn't take advantage of these device's, rather they should learn from it, in case they find themselves in a situation, which will not be involved by AI, but life will still be easy since the person was contemplating when the AI was helping his/her activities to be done.

  • In my opinion AI will do good more than bad.I think this because AI's can be used to do all sorts of things that it is programmed to study, this means that it could potentially even help save the planet.For example, they could measure where most of the sunlight comes during the day to maybe insert some solar panels and maybe in factories(like ones that use fossil fuels) they can measure how much the places actually need so there will be no excess meaning we can have the use of fossil fuels used in a much fairer way.Overall I think that they will help the plant and the eco-system to return back to normal where every animal,human,plant and single cell organisms can all live together at peace with us humans becoming a bit more modern by etting the AI's work with us to help stop all the dilemas that we have throung the eco-system.

    1. I agree with you. Along with what you said, AI can also be used in biotechnology and genetic engineering. It can be used to produce more amount of the good plants. The Farmers can use AI-powered systems to detect insects and plant diseases more quickly than humans.
      As of 2021, 87 percent of US agriculture businesses were using some form of AI to manage their farms. This is used to bring improvements in the farm and crops which is better for the environment. The AI named Plantix was developed by PEAT to identify the deficiencies in soil, including plant pests and diseases.
      AI can also be used in better weather forcasting which can help us take necessary precautions and save the plant.

  • I think that AI will do more good than bad because it can help monitor any task that you can't keep track of. An example can be like in an oil factory we can use the AI to monitor the pressure system and also teach interns or beginners. All of this is just one of the many reasons that Ai can be helpful.

    1. I agree because... AI can teach many people many things or rather , give opinions on different topics which I personally find useful most of the time . In addition to your example @ supportive_wildcat , I have to say AI is very helpful . Refineries can use AI models to predict consumer demand for different petroleum products , thereby allowing them to predict quantity for production and manage inventory efficiently . AI can also help in recognizing leaks in an oil company and without AI , such leaks might not have been spotted so easily ; and this could have left the lives of the workers at stake . In summary , AI can be used for both good and bad . It is just left to you as the user , to choose its activity towards you.

      Thank you.

      1. I agree with you, but we can argue that AI can assist with the major global concerns. We may apply it to a number of global concerns, such as recycling, climate change, industrial and agricultural bases, and mental health problems. We can use it, for instance, to make hearing aids. We can utilize this capability to create noise cancellation. Additionally, we can recycle it by building garbage-carrying robots or automated vehicles that will assist in moving this waste.
        I propose that the following day's theme be how we can use AI to provide solutions for the recycling dilemma. What are its salient characteristics?
        What advantages does it offer?

        1. Your perspective on leveraging AI to address major global concerns is insightful. The application of AI in areas like recycling, climate change, industry, agriculture, and mental health can indeed bring about transformative solutions.

          The idea of using AI to improve hearing aids, incorporating noise cancellation technology, showcases the potential for enhancing healthcare and addressing accessibility issues. Additionally, the concept of deploying AI in the creation of garbage-carrying robots or automated vehicles for waste management is a promising solution to tackle environmental challenges.

          Your proposal to focus on AI solutions for the recycling dilemma as a theme for the next day is commendable. Exploring the salient characteristics of AI in this context and understanding the advantages it offers can provide valuable insights. AI's ability to process vast amounts of data, identify patterns, and optimize processes makes it a potent tool for developing sustainable and efficient recycling solutions.

          Some advantages of using AI for recycling include:

          Efficiency: AI can streamline and optimize recycling processes, making them more efficient and reducing waste.
          Sorting and Identification: AI-powered systems can accurately sort different types of materials, improving recycling accuracy.
          Data Analytics: AI can analyze data related to recycling trends, helping in making informed decisions and implementing targeted strategies.
          Automation: AI-driven automation can enhance the speed and precision of recycling operations.
          Innovation: AI fosters innovation by enabling the development of advanced technologies for recycling, such as robotic sorting systems.
          By exploring these aspects, you can shed light on how AI can be a powerful tool in addressing global challenges and advancing sustainability efforts.thank you .

        2. I strongly agree with you blissful apple AI material can be recycled to other things which could be useful to human life and to the fullness of the earth and all the rest of the things inside of it. I also agree that AI can assist with the major global concern.

        3. Yes i agree with you that ai can help in recycling the garbage and I would like add my point that ai would be good for the planet because it will help in prediction of natural disasters, monitoring the pollution ,help to recycle the waste , help to reduce the waste and Ai can also help in repairing the discarded items ..ai can also be used in agriculture by monitoring the crops and pest detection and many more.

    2. I agree with this because AI will be able to do things humans cannot. For example, AI will be able to find medicines that humans cannot find. And also AI can do things way faster than humans can. And AI will be able to teach kids brand new methods and things that have to do with the world. In conclusion, AI should be in the world because it will be helpful when it comes down to jobs, school, and just the world.

    3. I agree because in schools, homes and offices people use cameras to take tracks of what others are doing, For example, People who want to steal, vandalise and destroy properties they would be captured and sent to prison.

      1. I strongly agree with you because,
        Imagine in a very big organization or company where people go in and come in and there are no trackers and cameras. People can easily steal without being caught. But now with the help of AI machines such as cameras, people who steal, vandalize and destroy properties are caught and punished according to their crimes.
        Thanks.

        1. I won't fully agree with you. How sure are you that with the help of cameras or trackers people who steal, vandalize or destroy properties can be caught ? Because noting is perfect the cameras or trackers could malfunction anytime

    4. I agree to this but negatives do more damage than positive things as for example they could use AI to do their homework but teachers would not know that they have cheated.

      1. I do not agree with you on the fact that students will do assignment with AI and the teachers will not know because well trained teachers knows their students capabilities and so they will know when they copied. For example in this festival, I know lots of people's comments that has been rejected because they copied from the Internet and truly they copied from Internet so how do you think they find out that someone had copied from Internet?

    5. I agree because... AI has more advantages than disadvantages. Its disadvantages are its developer's fault. What you input into a computer most times, is what it produces. Advantages of AI to planet earth include:
      - IN CLIMATE CHANGE:
      a. Smart transport options.
      b. Sustainable production.
      c. Sustainable land-use.
      d. Smart cities and homes.
      - HEALTHY OCEANS:
      a. Fishing sustainably.
      b. Less water pollution.
      c. Protecting aquatic habitats and species.
      - WATER SECURITY:
      a. Water supply.
      b. Water efficiency.
      c. Water sanitation.
      d. Drought planning.
      - CLEAN AIR:
      a. Filtering and capture.
      b. Monitoring and prevention.
      c. Early warning.
      d. Clean fuels.
      e. Real time integrated, adaptive urban management.
      These numerous advantages overshadow minor disadvantages such as increased cyber crime and high rate of laziness.
      Thank you.

      1. I agree with committed_writer's intensive overview of the advantages of AI. Their viewpoint showcases how AI has the potential to address critical global issues such as climate change, environmental conservation, and public health. By focusing on solutions like smart transportation, sustainable production, and water security, AI offers promising pathways towards a more sustainable and stronger future. While it's important to reduce potential drawbacks like cybercrime and social impacts, it's refreshing to hear the emphasis on the overwhelmingly positive impact of AI on Earth's ecosystems and communities. Overall, I like such a well-reasoned approach to the potential of AI.

    6. I agree because monitoring any task for you even if it doesnt seem like it, it could actually have a big positive impact.
      Such as stress relief having to monitor how things are going on one thing and you are also needed at another place and another it piles up work and you begin to lose focus and become stressed. With an AI and its task monitoring it would definently releive us of stress. Monitoring tasks could also give better results to us because an AI is very observant and it can process information in the blink of an eye so it could definently give us responses on what to do next for the best result. In conclusion AI could definently do more good than harm

      1. Well done for replying to another comment. Please can you explain how AI would relieve stress?

        1. It relieves stress because you don't have alot of things on your mind to think about because the AI would do it because its monitoring on it for you so theres less to worry and stress is mostly caused by work and nowadays people work stressful jobs way more. Additionally stress relief can save people from alot of things. Such as high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, asthma and a heart disease.

      2. Excellent comment centered_lynx, I strongly agree to fact that AI can help relieve stress and can do more good than bad for the planet. AI was created to support human's ideas and goals and help humans more forward. AI can assist humans in detecting mental illnesses early and making more accurate treatment. AI can help in agriculture by using drones to spread fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides which can save money for farmers and save plants from insects and pests. AI can help monitor the soils quality and improve plants. AI drones can help disperse seeds on large farms, this can help farmers relieve stress. Apart from agriculture AI can in construction by using drones to scan areas that need fixing. AI drones can be used to observe workers behaviors and ensure safety to all workers. AI drones can help workers lift heavy bricks and metals; this can help workers relieve stress. AI can also help disabled people, AI voice technologies such as Siri and Alexa can help mute people communicate easily. AI can help deaf students translate the teachers voice into words to help the students understand. AI can help disabled people have the opportunity to involve themselves in sports. AI can allow people with disabilities to connect to people outside allowing them to share their stories and not feel alone. In conclusion AI is here to assist humans and encourage to humans to create more advanced AI to help humans relieve stress.

    7. I completely agree with you because your idea is completely true and has true logic behind it.

    8. I agree because AI can help the planet and even help outside the planet because if AI can make robots that can become seterlights and bring information from space to Earth, it will help outside the planet it can also help inside the Earth in big companies,AI can also make robots that will drive cars and be traffic wardings and even be traffic lights. AI can help in many other ways that people don't know. thanks.

  • In my opinion I would like to say that the AI’s brilliance lies an energy-intensive process with a staggering carbon footprint.
    As datasets and models become more complex, the energy needed to train and run AI models becomes enormous. This increase in energy use directly affects greenhouse gas emissions, aggravating climate change. According to OpenAI researchers, since 2012, the amount of computing power required to train cutting-edge AI models has doubled every 3.4 months. Researchers expected that by 2040, the emissions from the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry as a whole will reach 14% of the global emissions, with the majority of those emissions coming from the ICT infrastructure. These data demonstrate the urgent need to address AI’s carbon footprint and role in environmental deterioration.

    1. @broadminded_cricket - Thank you for your wonderful insight on this topic. Your understanding and interpretation on this subject is very intuitive and an interesting read. I do agree with you that AI is becoming a rapidly changing asset to the world in the many forms it has been included in such as IT, Tech, Data, Business. At times it is a struggle to design these such complex methods and instructions for the AI to operate smoothly and efficiently.

      Your evidence of AI impact on the ICT infrastructure is quite interesting and unique as IT is one of the biggest networks across the world... As for the data you have pulled from your research, how do you foresee the reduction of emissions in achieving Net Zero Carbon or an acceptable target for Worldwide Climate Change? What alternatives do you think we can adopt and utilise to better enhance and become efficient as for computer power generation?

      1. Hey Faizan, Analyst @KPMG!
        Your take on AI's impact on ICT infrastructure is pretty fascinating—like, IT is this massive global network, right? Now, diving into the emissions game for a sec. Imagine AI becoming our superhero in the quest for Net Zero Carbon. It's like having a sidekick that helps us cut down on emissions in everyday tech life. Think about it: AI optimizing data centers to run more efficiently, kind of like having a super-smart energy manager for your computer. Plus, envision smart algorithms steering us towards eco-friendly choices in computing. It's like AI becomes this green guide, showing us the eco-friendliest paths in the digital world. And let's not forget the impact on our daily gadgets! Picture this: AI stepping into our smartphones, laptops, and all those tech companions we can't live without. It's akin to having a digital companion that not only enhances our device performance but does so with a keen eye on energy conservation. Imagine your smartphone using AI to intelligently manage power consumption, ensuring your battery lasts longer while minimizing the carbon footprint. It's like having a personal tech assistant that not only boosts efficiency but also contributes to our broader goal of reducing environmental impact. The synergy of AI and everyday devices becomes a powerful duo in the journey towards a more sustainable tech landscape. In conclusion, how can we leverage these AI-powered superheroes to not just meet but exceed our Net Zero Carbon goals? What every day tech scenarios can we tweak for a greener tomorrow?

      2. My Journey Towards Sustainable Computing

        In our fast-paced tech world, I've been pondering ways to make my computing practices more sustainable. It's not just about performance; it's about minimizing our impact on the planet. So, here's my take on some strategies that feel doable and impactful.

        First up, renewable energy sources. I'm exploring solar power with panels and wind power through turbines. It's a step towards reducing my carbon footprint, aligning my tech usage with a cleaner, greener ethos.

        Then there's the hardware. I've been eyeing energy-efficient components. Modern processors come with nifty power-saving features that I'm eager to leverage. It's a small change, but it's a step towards a more eco-friendly setup.

        I'm also thinking about where I put my data. Locating data centers in places with easy access to renewable energy just makes sense. It's about working with nature, not against it.

        On a day-to-day level, I'm tweaking how I use energy. Smarter algorithms, task scheduling during low-demand periods, and letting AI optimize my workload are on my to-do list. It's all about being mindful of when and how I use power.

        Storing excess energy during quiet periods and using it when demand peaks is another trick up my sleeve. And, of course, embracing advanced cooling systems like liquid cooling helps keep things efficient.

        Blockchain technology seems promising too. It's all about transparent, decentralized energy management. I'm curious to see how it can help me track and improve my energy usage.

        Lastly, staying in the loop with the latest tech trends and collaborating with experts is my commitment. It's a journey of continuous improvement, making sure I'm always in sync with the newest sustainable tech.

        In a nutshell, my quest for sustainable computing involves embracing renewables, optimizing hardware, being mindful of energy usage, and staying connected with the latest advancements. It's a personal journey towards a greener tech future.thank u

      3. Hey Faizan, Analysts @KPMG .
        As I told earlier that we should reduce emissions to achieve Net Zero Carbon targets for worldwide climate change requires a multi-faceted approach involving various alternatives and improvements in energy generation and efficiency.
        Here are a few ways and alternatives that can be adopted to achieve Net Zero Carbon:

        1. Renewable Energy Sources: By scaling the use of renewable energy, such as solar, wind, and hydro power, is critical. Investing in these sources can help replace fossil fuel-based power generation, significantly reducing emissions.

        2. Energy Efficiency: By Improving energy efficiency in buildings, industries, and transportation can contribute to emission reductions. This involves adopting energy and efficient technologies.

        To enhance and become more efficient in computer power generation, many ways can be taken:

        1. Data Center Efficiency: By optimizing data center infrastructure, cooling systems, and server efficiency can reduce energy consumption in the IT sector.

        2. Renewable-Powered Data Centers: By utilizing renewable energy sources to power data centers can minimize the carbon footprint associated with their operations.

        3. Green Computing Practices: By encouraging responsible computing practices, such as turning off idle devices, recycling electronics waste , and utilizing energy-saving features, can contribute to energy efficiency and help in net zero carbon.

        These are some factors to reduce Net zero Carbon.

    2. Hi, broadminded_cricket
      I disagree with the fact that there will still be a carbon footprint in the future,since many countries are turning green to fight climate change.If you know that during the present the planet is changin greener everyday,then how flourishing would you think the planet will be in a few years.
      Don't you think that in the midrange future all the planet will become green and supported by renewable energy sources,so AI development wouldn't cause greenhouse emissions?

    3. I'm not sure about this point you have stated @broadminded_cricket because AI has helped in tackling climate change more than contributing to the problem reason being AI has helped in tackling climate change through it's ability to predict weather, detect pollution and encouraging the usage of cleaner energy through the introduction of solar and wind energy. So in conclusion AI has to me helped in combating climate change more than damaging it. I hope you can see this from my point of view.
      THANK YOU.

    4. I'm not sure about this because... I think that AI has helped to try and stop climate change instead of contributing to it. AI is able to discover efficient ways to try and stop climate change, which someone could actually use to try and contribute to stop climate change. The AI could also be potentially powered through renewable energy sources, which would also help to save the planet.

    5. Hello
      Your comment was wonderful but I have to disagree with you. You said that emission will increase due to the energy needed for computing power for AI well in short this isnt exactly the case. Theres a technology called solar panels and these panels absorb light from the sun and turn it into energy. Alot of people are starting to switch to solar panels, though they may sound expensive and whatnot it actually isnt cnet.com says that solar panels have become 50% cheaper. Starting to come together right? In short your comment talked about the carbon emmision even though that isnt the case.
      Thank you.

  • AI is can do a lot of good for the planet and the people living on it. AI can help us with things like checking the environment, cutting down on pollution, using resources wisely and helping with issues related to climate changes. But AI also has some downsides and dangers, like using up a lot of power, creating more trash, causing ethical problems, and messing up how we work and live. So we need to be careful about how we use AI, and think about how it affects the planet and everyone else, even those who are not born yet. AI should work with us, not against us, and respect our values and goals. That way, AI can be our friend, not our enemy.

    1. Hello,
      I agree with you on your advantages of AI to the planet but I disagree with you on your disadvantages where you said that AI uses a lot of power, creating more trash and messing how we work and live.
      Firstly I will like to throw a question which is, do your phones consume a lot of power? I believe no and one thing we should understand that an AI must not necessarily be a robot but it can also be in form of an application on our smart phones. For example we can make use of "cortana" on our windows operating system and "Google Assistant" on our android operating system.
      Secondly I doubt if AI will be creating more trash for us because there are AI powered robots designed for cleaning trash therefore I see AI in terms of trash cleaning to be an advantage.
      Lastly I believe AI is created to help or serve as assistance to we humans therefore they will do what they are instructed to do. I feel that if the AI's are programmed well they will do what they are told and I doubt if the AI is obedient it will be able to mess up the way we work live.

      Thank You.

    2. I agree because Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help us tackle environmental challenges such as climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, pollution, and waste. AI can be used to design more energy-efficient buildings, monitor deforestation, optimize renewable energy deployment, and analyze complex, multifaceted datasets. However, AI can also pose some risks and threats, such as using up a lot of power, generate more waste, causing dilemmas. Therefore, we need to be ensure that AI is used efficiently, to make the world a better place.

    3. I agree a lot with you because, like you said AI can be a friend not a foe.

      1. Can you expand on this further?

        1. Most people are scared of AI because it seems scary, but most AI is built to live with us. It may loose control sometimes but overall, we can trust AI as a friend not a foe. As a friend, AI will encourage us to help the enviormnent. Will cannot be a foe to AI as it is so useful!

          1. I also agree with you thoughtful_agency
            Because how can a creation backstab its creator!
            Besides we can build AI and give it its desired purposes, I don't see how AI can malfunction and change the way it's developed and the goal it was designed for which is to asist humanity and to make the future possible for us.

          2. I agree strongly agree with your comment thoughtful_agency , AI can be useful to the planet. AI can help in agriculture. Farmers can use AI to test the soils fertility and help use effective pesticides and chemicals kills pests and insects. AI can help humans bulid solar panel houses that use the suns light to charge devices, and can be used for humans daily necessities. AI can help with the recyling of plastics and papers, papers bags can be reused to help save money for humans and plastics can be used as pots for little seedlings. AI can help humans by technology to create seeds so the population of trees can increase , this can help oxygen levels increase. AI cleaners can be place in waterbodies to help clean waterbodies , this can make fisshing easier and humans can drink water freely. To conclude I believe AI is afriend to humans and support humans for many years.

    4. I somewhat agree and not. AI is partially not good and what happens if AI malfunctions during checking the environment? Us humans are more developed than AI.

  • I think AI is more good for the planet because advanced technology would assist preservation and climate change alleviation. I think AI is more good than bad because in Africa there is an ongoing project that suggests a machine learning elucidation to give an account of electricity demand in African countries as a means to diminish climate change.

    1. In my opinion I believe AI is more good than bad for the planet is because , here in Ghana burning plastic is major issue , we produce a large amount of plastic waste every year and because of this the citizens have no chioce but to burn, which can create poisonous fumes and worsen asthmatic and heart conditions , but I believe with AI's help we find a better way of recyling these plastic. For examples instead of throwing plastic cups we can rather plant little seedlings so the population of tress can increase, or we build little bird houses for little birds and creatures to live. AI can help our waterbodies, because of illegal mining many of our waterbodies have gone bad, small villages rely on these waterbodies to live but because our water bodies are toxic many people are dying, AI can help pipes that can filter the water so people can drink fresh water.
      Thank You.

  • AI is the intelligence of machines or software, as opposed to the intelligence of humans or other animals.
    AI has the ability to reshape our understanding of climate systems and enable accurate forecasting and modeling.
    AI can help farmers in Nigeria to optimize their practices reduce waste and minimize environmental impact of food production.
    AI can also optimize grids and increase the efficiency of renewable resources. It can improve access to education.
    But AI can also be a big threat to Nigeria, here are my reasons:
    1. AI could become uncontrollable and pose a threat to humanity
    2. It can potentially be used to spread false information.
    3. Job loss and displacement.
    4. Possible overreliance in the technology and causes increased laziness in humans.
    5. Absence of empathy and unclear legal regulation.

  • In my own opinion, I would say that AI could be more good than bad for the planet. AI is very useful in this section. Most countries in the world are undergoing environmental challenges frequently and AI could be very useful in stopping this.

    One of the environmental challenges in the world right now is poor drainage system, in some countries, humans dump recyclable materials into the drainage at leave it like that thinking the excess water will wash it away. AI is very very useful here because we humans tend to be lazy while AI is hardworking well I guess it is because they don't get tired. AI can be very useful here by englitening people about the dangers of poor drainage system and how to dump recyclable materials, AI could work with the government to improve the drainage systems.

    Another environmental challenge is deforestation. Deforestation is the act of cutting down trees for commercial purposes.AI is very useful here in the following ways: smart sensors should be placed in the forests which detect and alert authorities to unusual activities, such as unauthorized logging or encroachment, AI robots (drones) could be placed in the forest to monitor unauthorised activities.

    Another environmental challenge is water scarcity.AI is also very useful here because it could help to improve the desalination processes-conversion of sea water to fresh water, another one is ground management which involves AI analysing ground water levels, recharge rates and exchange patterns.

    Other environmental challenges that AI could help with are
    -Climate change
    - Air pollution
    - Overfishing
    - Land degradation
    - Waste Management or Plastic pollution
    - Acid rain
    - Ozone Depletion
    - Urbanisation
    - Mining impacts
    - Nuclear accidents
    - Landfills
    - Industrial pollution

    Many more!!!
    AI is really useful for the planet 🌏

  • Hi
    In my own opinion, I would say that AI will be more good than bad to the planet. For Example, in the learning aspect. I believe that if we should be ordered to go back to the old system of learning, that existed in the olden days, lots of protests will begin because lots of people who grew up in developed areas like outside the country can not imagine themselves going through such stress again because its indeed a big time stress to put away the world of Laptops and computers in schools and then go back to the world of black chalkboard. Even here in Nigeria. Again imagine what it will look like to see yourself living in a house without electricity, this will definitely kill lots of people like Russian who I believe have never witnessed darkness in their lives talk more of living I a house without either standing fan or ceiling fan. What a terrible world.
    Also coming to some of our daily activities like cooking, imagine what it would look like seeing yourself cooking with fire and woods all through the year, lots of people will get burnt because cooking with fire, only exist in the primitive villages which not everybody can cope with that. So therefore, I strongly believe that AI will be more good than bad to the whole world at large.

    1. I disagree in your opinion, i would say that AI will help in the good and bad to the planet. Like the instance you used AI can help in learning in the good way but in the bad way it will make students lazy towards learning and other things AI can help us with. Also AI can help us towards our daily works and make it easier for us. But in the bad aspect AI will also replace humans in their jobs and they will not be any jobs for humans again.AI can help detect and prevent environmental damage before it may even come for example in the case of weather prediction . I am open to more suggestions.
      Thanks

    2. I totally agree with you unbiased planet AI has done more good than harm to the society and it will still do more good to the society and the country at large
      Thanks 👍.

      1. Do you want to provide some of the ways you've seen AI do more good than harm in your everyday life?

    3. I disagree because... you are saying AI will be more good than bad in the learning aspect. In the old times people had no devices that distracted them which made their learning more effective. Students use AI for homework instead of learning and answering. So now people are failing their exams because they stay all night on TikTok. And this is not helping in anyway. And have you realized that all those extremely smart scientists and mathematicians are from the olden days? They all went through the same learning system and even worse but did not have AI. Albert Einstein, Issac Newton, Archimedes etc.

  • I feel as though AI will be equally helpful and unhelpful to the planet. AI can use internet access to answer questions about the planet, which will inform them. It could also help plant trees if it is programmed correctly. However, as broadminded_cricket said, AI's brilliance lies in an energy-intensive process with staggering carbon footprints. This will obviously hurt the planet. To fix its big carbon footprint we could perhaps find an alternative to the things used to power AI. Maybe we could get rid of AI as a whole? Earth and the human race were doing pretty okay without it, so we don't really need it. It's more for entertainment and convenience.

    1. Hey!
      I quite like this side of the argument. In today's time, Carbon - Footprint is a major footprint that all manufacturing industries are trying to solve.
      The Human Race was doing pretty okay without AI but that's the point! We were just doing "Okay". With the onset of AI, human civilisation has been able to go closer to doing "best". AI is the anchor of the Healthcare Sector, allowing us to develop technology further.
      While it can be looked at this way, that the progress in health care sector will result in decreased death rate, thereby increasing population, we have no right to decide who should live and who should die! Everyone has the right to live! The world belongs to everyone. And this exactly what AI is doing. Protecting people's right to live. Hence, we cannot get rid of AI.
      On a positive note, AI is helping us find several alternative solutions. It is allowing to see dreams we never had the courage to see before - An inter-cosmic civilisation.
      To conclude, AI has both it's good and bad sides. But the Good Side is that AI is helping us cross the boundaries of the planet itself, and that is the only reason we need to keep growing with it's help.

  • Hi there!
    AI has both positive and potentially negative impacts on the planet. On the positive side, AI technologies can contribute to environmental sustainability. For instance, AI can optimize energy usage, improve efficiency in transportation systems, and aid in the development of smart grids. These applications have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the impact of human activities on the environment.

    However, the increasing demand for computing power in AI models, particularly large-scale deep learning models, raises concerns about energy consumption. Training and running sophisticated AI models can be resource-intensive and contribute to a larger carbon footprint, especially if powered by non-renewable energy sources. Striking a balance between harnessing the benefits of AI for environmental solutions and addressing its energy consumption challenges is crucial for ensuring a positive impact on the planet. Efforts toward developing energy-efficient AI algorithms and promoting the use of renewable energy in AI infrastructure can contribute to a more sustainable integration of AI technologies.

  • I had the same results in my opinion inventive Blueberry one of my explanations was that all the plastic and toxic metals in all the AI can not be recycled because of this. Reply if you agree.

  • AI might be able to check and monitor the growth of plants but people could also use AI to help them do things that are not environmentally friendly like help them cut down trees or something like that AI can can be good or bad an equal number of times.

  • AI(Artificial intelligence) may be helpful for jobs in the future but it won't be very helpful if we're speaking about our planet.
    The reason to this is because these AI's all around the world are made out of all these horrible and toxic materials which could really effect our environment and endanger living species including humans.

  • I would say that AI will do more good than harm because it can save lives in the sense that AI of now and possibly the future because AI can be taught how to perform many life risking jobs, such as:
    1. Fire fighting
    2. Mining
    3. Aviation
    These are all jobs that require courage because if there is an accident, it may kill. But if can AI perform this jobs human lives can be preserved.
    THANK YOU.

  • I believe that the impact of AI on the planet largely depends on how it's developed and utilized. On the positive side, AI has the potential to address pressing global challenges, such as climate change and resource management. For instance, AI can optimize energy consumption, improve agricultural efficiency, and enhance environmental monitoring. Additionally, it aids in medical research, leading to breakthroughs in disease diagnosis and treatment. These advancements suggest a positive trajectory for AI, fostering sustainability and global well-being.

    However, concerns arise regarding job displacement, privacy invasion, and potential misuse of AI for harmful purposes. The rapid evolution of AI technology demands careful regulation and ethical considerations to mitigate risks. Striking a balance between harnessing AI's positive potential and addressing its negative implications is crucial for ensuring a net positive impact on the planet. In essence, the trajectory of AI's impact on the Earth will depend on how society navigates and guides its development.

  • I believe that AI will be bad for the planet because many jobs will be taken over and humans will not have many jobs. Art is also affected because AI can also be used to make art. This means many artists' art may be called "AI" because many people will think it is fake. AI could be good but it can also become dangerous one day.

    1. I disagree because AI will never be able to replace humans, most jobs needs critical thinking for even the simplest things. Critical thinking needs subjectivity, to decide what is important and what is not, and decide which to work on first and what not. AI can not critical think, so most jobs wouldn't be taken over by AI. And most people would rather to work with a human rather than work with an AI. So i don't think we have to be afraid of AI overtaking our jobs in the near future.

  • I think AI is good for the planet because AI can help solve probloms in the planet like global warming by keeping track of factories which produce green house gasses and make new solutions for global probloms too.

  • I think that AI is bad for the planet. I say that because you have to build AI which causes you to use more material for the Earth which eventually leads to pollution which harms the Earth.

    1. I disagree because... after the AI has been built , it can contribute far more than what it has taken away from the earth ; For example @ insightful_cello you said that AI causes pollution . I do not seem to really understand in what form but all I have to say is that AI could aid pollution by pinpointing when and where the level of air pollution is likely to exceed legal limits and it can also contribute to the earth by providing real-time data on environmental conditions, AI can help detect and prevent environmental damage before it may even come for example in the case of weather prediction . I am open to more suggestions.

      THANK YOU .

  • This is a hard one for me, by that I mean that I'm stuck in between both. Now, how it can be bad for the environment is quite obvious, the AI and all the machinery used for it will be taking up very high amounts of energy that is harvested from the earth. And there will not just be a lot of AI, there will also be a lot of machinery as well which will need resources that could potentially pollute the earth. But for the good part about it, I read supportive_wildcat's comment and really thought about it. His/her comment actually made good sense about how AI can monitor the pressure systems and all those other things, this got me to change my mind about AI as it could also limit how much pollutant resources we use and how we use them.

  • I think AI will do more good than bad when it comes to the earth.I say that because of the fact that Ai is evolving and so is the knowledge that scientists know. We already have waitress robots in fast food places like chipotle,wendy's, and other popular fast food places , so why not program one of those robots to pick up trash, or to make sure people are not littering, and if they do litter, pick it up.And if it was to be a little bad the only thing i think that would be bad is the enormous amount of power it may take to charge those robots.You may be saying " But how will that affect the earth?'' Today's society runs on electricity people can't do much of anything without electricity today.Even to create natural resources like fertilizer needs electricity.

  • AI can do both good or bad effects to the planet.But I think it will do more of the good deeds rather than the bad ones.AI can help a lot in making the planet's environment much more balanced and clean.It can help in things like reducing plastics as well as papers by recycling .It can be used for picking up the large amount of wastes caused.It can also help in spreading awareness among the people.We know that AI can make a lot of good effects on the planet but sometimes it may cause problems like air pollution, noise pollution etc . But we should focus on making the bad effects turn into good ones by putting more creativity and advanced technology.

  • Hi,
    I want to share my opinion and some questions about Al. Which are so important for our planet.I am agree on the positive things of Al . Al is so helpful for us. Al can contribute to the improvement of our planet. If so, good for the nature and animals of our planet. So, we should side with Al. The role of Al has a great impact on our lives as well as the lives of animals. Many devices made of Al can help balance the environment. Al could develop devices that would be able to recycle pollutants in the environment. Also, we can make some machines or vehicles with Al that can easily extract the pollutants from the seabed. However, Al may have some adverse effects on the environment .But I think Al will do more good than harm our planet. Thanks.

  • I think AI will be good for the environment, but only if they are powered by solar, wind water or eco-friendly batteries.If not, then no.Ways that AI might be able to help us to be eco-friendly are, they might clear up trash. Maybe there will be eco- friendly drones and they will deliver food instead of vans that will pollut the planet.Most of AI is eco-friendly and engineers who make AI should try there best to make it eco-friendly because our planet needs a lot of help and this is one of our best ways.

  • Judging on a something as good or bad depends on the way you use it. Let's talk about AI to illustrate. Many people regard AI as beneficial because it provides a wide variety of functions that facilitates on people their lives. One way AI can help you is by saving your effort and time by making AI do a certain task. It can also help you in your studying and other things. On the contrary, others regards it as bad. Because they think that it may replace humans in their jobs, so this will cause a high percentage of unemployment and people will suffer. Others think that it can be used in illegal practices by hackers and terrorists and this poses hazard on people's safety. So Ai will be beneficial and good to the world if it was used correctly. At the same time it can be disastrous and harmful if it was used in a bad way.

  • I think artificial intelligence will do more good than bad for planet Earth. The future will bring relief to humans through the expansion of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence has been created due to the rapid development of science. AI will bring peace for people in the future and that would be great.
    Artificial intelligence has revolutionized almost every field today and this change will continue to accelerate in the future.For example - artificial intelligence has brought many changes in the workplace. The proliferation of AI has created almost as many jobs today. This trend will continue in the future. Artificial intelligence is playing an important role in education as well as workplace. Artificial intelligence is making progress in the field of education by collecting and analyzing data, taking automated tests, conducting various courses, etc.
    Thus artificial intelligence is establishing unprecedented patterns in the world through improvements in various fields. So I think artificial intelligence is doing more good than bad for the world.

    1. How do you think AI will bring peace?

      1. I agree because Artificial intelligence will overtake everything in the future. The spread of artificial intelligence will increase the speed of work in various fields. It will make human work much easier in the future. Due to artificial intelligence, many organizations are able to venture into new thinking and better results in the future. Artificial intelligence can help humans in the future by adding its creative abilities.
        This is how artificial intelligence will bring peace to humans in the future by simplifying work and providing support in many ways.

      2. AI is a powerful tool that can help us solve many of the problems that cause conflict and violence. AI can help us reduce poverty, improve health, protect the environment, and promote human rights. AI can also help us communicate better, understand different perspectives, and foster cooperation and empathy.
        AI is not a threat to humanity, but a partner that can enhance our capabilities and potential. AI can help us create a more peaceful and harmonious world, where everyone can enjoy the benefits of technology and innovation.
        Of course, AI is not a magic solution that can solve everything by itself. We need to use AI responsibly, ethically, and wisely. We need to ensure that AI is aligned with our values and goals, and that it respects human dignity and autonomy. We need to work together to ensure that AI is used for good, not evil.
        I believe that AI will bring peace if we use it as a force for good, and if we collaborate with each other to create a better future for all.

  • In my opinion it is good or bad in respect to how it is used.
    If used for overall development,in sectors like agriculture and industry for precision. It can also help in keeping records safely.
    Whereas if in wrong hands it becomes a tool of harm to others.
    A debate about reduction of jobs by AI is a long debate but I believe it may take up some jobs but also create some other.
    So though I pick neutral side I think Ai will do more good than bad.

  • What I think about AI and the planet is that AI may have a bad effect on the planet as I once said in the topic of how you feel about AI. I said that "I felt curious because we do not know if the robots will work perfectly or try to destroy the human race". So I think that AI might try to take over the world like in some sci-fi fictional movies. Robots almost took over the earth so I feel that AI and the planet would have a very bad effect in it.

  • I believe that the development of AI holds the promise of being more beneficial than detrimental for the planet, especially in our country, India. AI can be instrumental in tackling pressing environmental challenges by promoting sustainability, optimizing resource usage, and mitigating the impacts of climate change. For instance, in India, where the demands of rapid urbanization and population growth strain resources, AI applications can significantly enhance energy efficiency in cities, manage water resources more effectively, and optimize agricultural practices to ensure food security.

    AI-driven solutions, like smart grids and predictive analytics, have the potential to optimize energy distribution and consumption, ultimately reducing carbon emissions. Furthermore, machine learning algorithms can aid in predicting and managing natural disasters, offering early warnings and facilitating more efficient evacuation plans – a critical need in a country prone to events like floods and cyclones.

    I think it's also crucial to address challenges, such as the environmental impact of AI infrastructure. Data centers, essential for AI, require substantial energy, and a shift towards renewable energy sources to power these facilities is imperative. Additionally, tackling e-waste generated from the disposal of outdated AI hardware through recycling initiatives is vital.

    I believe that AI has the potential to be a positive force in addressing environmental challenges in our country, India. Responsible deployment of AI solutions, coupled with a focus on sustainable practices, can enable us to harness technology for improved resource management, increased resilience to climate change, and contribute to a more environmentally conscious future.

    Thank You!!!