Is AI Good for the Planet?
Is AI Good for the Planet?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is presented as a solution to the greatest challenges of our time, from global pandemics and chronic diseases to cybersecurity threats and the climate crisis. But AI also contributes to the climate crisis by running on technology that depletes scarce resources and by relying on data centres that demand excessive energy use.

<i>Is AI Good for the Planet?</i> brings the climate crisis to the centre of debates around AI, exposing its environmental costs and forcing us to reconsider our understanding of the technology. It reveals why we should no longer ignore the environmental problems generated by AI. Embracing a green agenda for AI that puts the climate crisis at centre stage is our urgent priority.

Engaging and passionately written, this book is essential reading for scholars and students of AI, environmental studies, politics, and media studies and for anyone interested in the connections between technology and the environment.

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  • October 2021
  • 160 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents



Chapter One

Defining AI: beyond the Hype


Chapter Two

Controlling AI: understanding data capitalism

Chapter Three

Why AI worsens the Climate Crisis


AI and the Climate Crisis: what we can do about it



About the Author
Benedetta Brevini is a journalist and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.
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‘Benedetta Brevini lays out the risks posed to our planet by a headlong and indiscriminate embrace of AI, and what we can do to manage them. I urge you to read this essential book.’
Michael E. Mann, author of The New Climate War

‘Bold, perceptive, and urgently topical, Is AI Good for the Planet? both informs and inspires.’
Frank Pasquale, author of New Laws of Robotics

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