How are you thinking about the environmental impact of Gen AI? Are you applying a dollar cost to it?

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Director of IT in Manufacturing, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
I think Gen AI we make better for environmental  but we not yet applying it
President in Software, 51 - 200 employees
Like the Internet and search before it, Gen AI will radically reduce carbon emissions and pollution by replacing inefficient manual processes with extensive automation.

The arguments people make about datacenters (or AI) being bad for the environment are fundamentally backwards. It is not about how much energy or water datacenter consume. It is about how much less is consumed or emitted (particulate pollution) because of the reduction in vehicle use, traffic, lost time and productivity, duplicated efforts, etc.

Gen AI will be another major step forward, producing more value with far less net energy than what came before it. A simple and obvious example: How much energy does it take to produce stock photography ‘the old way’ vs with Gen AI? The reduction is orders of magnitude.
President, CEO, & CDAO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed
If the question is about the carbon emissions associated with Gen AI, I think we need to factor that in as part of the ROI calculation. We must consider the impacts of using ML/AI on climate change, etc. I would like to see a way to estimate it and then weight it as part of an equation to determine ROI. Does anyone know if there is already a package out there that does this?
Chief Information Security Officer in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
It has multi direction impact. Automation will bring agility and speed; but I have concerns about security and privacy.

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