Measuring the Sustainability of AI

Towards a Sustainability Index for Artificial Intelligence


Many hopes are put onto AI systems regarding sustainability efforts. While AI certainly has immense potential for contributing towards protecting our planetary boundaries, questions regarding the sustainability of AI are less prominently addressed. That is worrisome because the development, implementation and use of AI systems often comes with huge energy consumption, unfair working conditions and intransparent as well as biased applications. In order to move from mostly abstract discussions of the sustainability of AI, in our project “SustAIn” we are thus developing a sustainabilty index for AI systems to serve as a rating system.

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