A new study found that AI systems have a drastically lower carbon footprint than humans when generating written text and artistic images. By comparing the emissions of leading AI services like ChatGPT and DALL-E to human writers and illustrators in the US and India, researchers discovered AI completing the same tasks emitted only a tiny fraction of the greenhouse gases.
While not a cure-all, AI's efficiency, once trained, offers hope for reducing humanity's carbon footprint if deployed thoughtfully. However, concerns around job displacement must also be addressed through strategies like retraining programs. Overall, the study reveals AI's surprising potential, if carefully harnessed, to assist in building a more sustainable future.