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


** 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.


@wim_v12e A possible positive side-effect of frugal computing could be that it would discourage the trend of making everything around us ‘smart’’. A return to ‘dumb’ as the norm would mean more privacy and security for all.


@TomEtty The most frugal computing is no computing, so I agree with that. It would be nice. The businesses that push "smart" would not like it though. Still, in particular things like right to repair might give a push in that direction. "smart" all to often means "impossible to repair".

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