I wrote an article about the need for low-carbon and and the path towards zero-carbon computing.

tl;dr:

** The problem:
* By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be close to half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 2°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable: it would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions warming limit.
* The emissions from production of computing devices far exceed the emissions from operating them, so even if devices are more energy efficient producing more of them will make the emissions problem worse. Therefore we must extend the useful life of our computing devices.
** The solution:
As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible. We need frugal computing: achieving the same results for less energy.
** The vision: please read the article, I'm out of characters.

wimvanderbauwhede.github.io/ar

@wim_v12e great article. I don’t think consumers understand how energy intensive chip manufacturers is. Even improving production yield at smt and assembly is a huge issue. Let alone the waste once the product actually reaches a consumer.

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@kiwiguy Quite so, and not just the chips. For example, for IoT devices it's the plastic in their casing and packaging that has the highest manufacturing emissions.

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