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Repurposing Artificial Intelligence for Sustainability

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Does digital well-being and the environmental impact of AI have anything in common?

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The environmental impact of AI

• DIRECT ECOLOGICAL COSTS: High energy use – which we will focus on 

• INDIRECT ECOLOGICAL COSTS: Extraction of rare earths, lithium, water. 

• The HUMAN COSTS of training algorithms

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Where is artificial intelligence most commonly deployed?

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Digital well-being & environmental impact

To make matters worse, many of these costs are associated with products and services that are not clearly conducive to a flourishing human life or those that are directly inimical to our digital well-being. According Magnin 2021, the AI-driven processes that are included in watching a 3-minute YouTube video is equivalent to the energy contained in three AA batteries.

So it turns out that is what is bad for us individually (micro) is also bad for us collectively (macro).

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Behavior change technologies?

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Behaviour Change technologies for mental health/wellbeing

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Behaviour change technologies for sustainability

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Connecting MACRO ecological processes with MICRO human behaviours

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Anthropocene as the macro effects of micro human behaviours

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How to improve digital well-being while reducing the environmental impact of AI?

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Ecological AI: Connecting Human Flourishing to a Sustainable Future

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