The amount of streaming data as well as the large data storage centers are having an negative impact on the environment. Some experts believe the data technology industry rivals the airline industry on the environmental impact.
With the number of new devices collecting data, the demands for electricity are set to increase significantly.
Tech companies are looking at how to curb the power usage from massive data centers. These centers not only expend large amounts of energy powering the data centers, but they also need significant air conditioning to cool the machines.
The algorithm made me do it shows one of the primary reasons explainable artificial intelligence will be needed in the future. Many AI solutions seem to be a black box which few, if any, individuals can explain the particular output.
This Harvard Business Review article highlights why the black box approach to AI in the future won’t be feasible. The author notes that the “The algorithm told me to do it” defense won’t likely stand up in court.
For those of us discussing blockchain in our accounting courses, it can sometimes be difficult for students to visualize how the blockchain works.
I recently used this game in my business analytics and emerging technologies course for upper level accounting students. The feedback was great! Students commented that it helped them visualize the blockchain even more.
To develop a new Artificial Intelligence model, it needs to be trained. This is done by processing a large amount of data several times until the model works.
With AI models becoming more complex, larger datasets are required to fully operationalize the model. This is taking significant amounts of computing power, and thus, electricity.
In a study at the University of Massachusetts, researchers found “that the process can emit more than 626,000 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent—nearly five times the lifetime emissions of the average American car (and that includes manufacture of the car itself). “
Similar issues have been raised with Blockchain mining, in particular Bitcoin.
At the SAP Sapphire 2019 conference, Kerry Brown, VP of workplace adoption spoke on the technological changes affecting the workplace. He believes that “AI has the capability to impact and replace jobs in any workplace.”
Brown outlined 5 ways employees can “stretch” themselves from the disruption in the workforce.
At a recent conference, Randy Johnston, founder of K2, spoke of the emerging technologies affecting the accounting profession. He also warned of giving into FOMO or the Fear of Missing Out. Most firms cannot adopt all of the new technologies at once.
For the rest of his remarks, see the article on Accounting Today at: