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AI’s carbon footprint in the firing line, relatively small fry though

A report from the University of Massachusetts has found that the training process for an AI model emits more than 626,000 lbs of carbon dioxide, or around the same amount as the carbon cost of building and running five average US cars through their conventional life expectancy. For some context, the report says that a round-trip flight between New York and San Francisco accounts for 1,984 lbs of CO2, one year of the average human life accounts for 11,023 lbs, and an American life accounts for 36,156 lbs of CO2 annually. The aforementioned cars account for 126,000 lbs, which is where the 5x claim comes from. The results came as a shock to Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez, a computer scientist at the…

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