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The Physicality of AI and its meaning for Sustainable AI : A Discussion of Sustainable AI for Sustainable Fashion and how to Approach it

Petrasch, Melissa-Kim (2022) The Physicality of AI and its meaning for Sustainable AI : A Discussion of Sustainable AI for Sustainable Fashion and how to Approach it.

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Abstract:Artificial Intelligence (AI) is often perceived and portrayed as a magical solution to all problems, including climate change. For industries such as fashion, which have a significant environmental impact, AIs are potential tools to achieve more sustainable practices. But the portrayal of AIs as having minimal environmental impacts ignores the necessary infrastructure, its physicality, which can negatively affect the environment and people. To ensure AIs are not detrimental to these goals it is important to define sustainable AI for specific contexts. The primary goal of this thesis is to find a definition of sustainable AI in the context of sustainable fashion (SF) and to provide a possible approach for the decision-making about sustainable AIs and their development. The analysis showed the importance of reconnecting AI with its physicality for the discussion of sustainability. Without acknowledging the physicality of AI, a significant part of AI’s sustainability implications is ignored. Ignoring these impacts could lead to problems in the future and might undermine sustainability goals. The thesis provides an ideal definition of what sustainable AI for SF could be which takes AI’s physicality into account. The proposed design tool supports the development of sustainable AI by visualizing the sustainability of different solutions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 54 computer science
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
Link to this item:https://purl.utwente.nl/essays/93161
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