BY: Saachee Moholkar – IBDP 1 student

As the world grapples with the inevitable need to address the environmental degradation and climate strain we have put the Earth through, the intersection of sustainability and technology has become a focal point in innovation. 

Why not benefit from the enemies we made?

Artificial Intelligence, more commonly referred to as AI is an unstoppable force and with its unlimited scope on its usage, revolutionizes our approach to environmental challenges.

The future of sustainable technology is intricately woven with the capabilities of AI, creating a symbiotic relationship that holds the promise of unfathomable solutions.

This piece of writing delves into the cutting-edge alterations we make to tech where AI plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of sustainable technology. From smart cities to revolutionizing transportation, the kinship between AI and sustainability is unlocking new possibilities that not only address the critical concerns of our planet but also pioneers for a more resilient and eco-friendly future.

So many of our mundane tasks credit radical ideas toward sustainability depending on the industry. Retailers use AI to optimize energy use in stores and reduce transport emissions for product delivery. E-commerce companies use AI to optimize shipping routes and reduce emissions from delivery vehicles. 

Carbon capture, a phenomenon taking the world by storm, uses image processing algorithms to detect carbon output from factories and power plants. AI uses satellite data to monitor and track these emissions globally and use effect pattern tracking to place carbon capture facilities. 

Recently, AI in cultivation has also emerged, resulting in innumerable advances to the world of agriculture. It involves automated data collection and corrective actions via robotics to allow early detection of crop diseases, to provide timed nutrition to livestock, and generally to optimize agricultural inputs and returns based on demand and supply. This promises an increase in the efficiency of the agriculture industry, lowering the use of water, fertilizers and pesticides which cause damage to important ecosystems, and increases resilience to climate extremities.

Throughout all the negative associations with AI, we’ve seen AI rise through the innovation heat and these are just some of the major accomplishments of AI from a plethora of changes. AI opens a window into a futuristic world we would have only read about in sci-fi novels and by keeping a watchful eye on these AI-based novelties, we can move towards a more sustainable future, where technology becomes a powerful amalgamate in the fight for change. So I leave you with a final statement to ponder over. ‘The future is not just sustainable; it’s intelligent’.

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