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The Imperative for Sustainable AI Systems


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Sustainable AI can be thought of as another dimension along which we can guide the development of AI systems, in addition to typical functional and business requirements.

The large carbon footprint of artificial intelligence (AI) systems is inextricably linked to its societal impacts with respect to issues of bias, privacy, inequity, and concentration of power at large.

Sustainable AI offers an approach that harmonizes these issues and presents a potential pathway to addressing these challenges in a holistic fashion that considers our planet; organizational profits; and above all, people at the center of the AI system design, development, and deployment phases.

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