The current state of affairs and a roadmap for effective carbon-accounting tooling in AI

Published in Microsoft Developer Blogs, 2021

Recommended citation: Gupta, Abhishek. “The Current State of Affairs and a Roadmap for Effective Carbon-Accounting Tooling in AI.” Sustainable Software, 17 June 2021, https://devblogs.microsoft.com/sustainable-software/the-current-state-of-affairs-and-a-roadmap-for-effective-carbon-accounting-tooling-in-ai/. https://devblogs.microsoft.com/sustainable-software/the-current-state-of-affairs-and-a-roadmap-for-effective-carbon-accounting-tooling-in-ai/

Digital services consume a lot of energy and it goes without saying that in a world with accelerating climate change, we must be conscious in all parts of life with our carbon footprints. In the case of the software that we write, specifically, the AI systems we build, these considerations become even more important because of the large upfront computational resources that training some large AI models consume, and the subsequent carbon emissions resulting from it. Thus, effective carbon accounting for artificial intelligence systems is critical!

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