A Tale of Two Cities:Reflections on Digital Technology and the Natural Environment

Blair, Gordon (2020) A Tale of Two Cities:Reflections on Digital Technology and the Natural Environment. Patterns, 1 (5). ISSN 2666-3899

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Abstract

Contemporary digital technologies can make a profound impact on our understanding of the natural environment in moving towards sustainable futures. Examples of such technologies included sources of new data (e.g. an environmental Internet of Things), the ability to storage and process the large data sets that will result from this (e.g. through cloud computing), and the potential of data science/AI to make sense of this data alongside human experts. However, these same trends pose a threat to sustainable futures through for example the carbon footprint of digital technology and the risks of this escalating through the very trends mentioned above.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Patterns
ID Code:
144710
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Deposited On:
15 Jun 2020 15:10
Refereed?:
No
Published?:
Published
Last Modified:
24 Sep 2020 05:13