Entrepreneurs strive to build a socioeconomic system that merges both social and economic factors. In order to address the environmental pressure challenges, the problems related to the environment and climate have increased significantly in recent years. A real solution is needed to address these challenges today, and one of the most powerful solutions is Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this blog, we will talk in-depth about AI, and how it can reduce the human impact on the environment in detail.
What is AI
Artificial Intelligence is one of the computer science branches that concern about design and develop machines capable of performing human tasks that require human intelligence, the science of artificial intelligence encompasses many approaches, making it an interdisciplinary field, triggering a paradigm shift across virtually every sector of the technology industry by using advancements in machine learning and deep learning, which makes artificial intelligence becoming part of everyday life and a focus area for companies across every industry to invest in. AI systems are based on how to do things related to Human Cognitive Functions (HCF) such as face recognition, recognizing voices, and identifying patterns, AI relies on a high amount of data in order to find patterns and reflect them in the decision-making process.
The rapid growth of artificial intelligence in recent years and the powerful solutions that millions of people use on a daily basis have made it a field that can be adopted in all sectors and linked with many ideas, where this adoption can be seen in the field of transportation, education, health, intelligence Business, banking, even in the gaming and entertainment sector have captured a clear participation of simulation games and virtual characters.
AI adoption results in location maps that provide users with the estimated time of arrival (ETA) and the best route during the journey in the field of transportation, we can also see AI tools for business process management and business improvement in the business sector, and we cannot bypass the idea of smart robots that enter the field of education, and auxiliary robots in the field of health to perform delicate surgeries, all of this and AI is still in continuous growth and improvement of the inputs of these systems.
AI and Environment
All AI solutions directly affect humans, but it is not only about human existence or survival! Ensuring the continuity of a stable environment surrounding us and working to improve it as well is an important part of the whole system which we live and interact with, as many wrong practices and environmental changes have resulted in a set of real problems that threaten humans and their resources.
The systems of artificial intelligence are involved in protecting the environment by developing solutions capable of improving best practices or stopping wrong practices, and also able to build proactive solutions to problems that may appear in the future. Most of us recognize climate change, global warming, natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes, and many phenomena effects on governments and individuals, and it’s not limited to natural disasters only, but also human practices lead to clear environmental problems such as pollution and malfunction of animal and plant cover, all of these problems need to solve and manage.
And as part of many global efforts to solve environmental problems, the most important of which is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which consist of direct goals related to environmental protection, the pioneers of artificial intelligence systems come today to develop powerful solutions to implement these goals.
Impact of AI in Achieving Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG)
SDGs refer to the 17 Goals launched by the United Nations designed to serve as a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet now and into the future", Including the planet term is not an additional content or a meaningless increase. Rather, the real goal behind it is to protect the environment and sustain resources for us and for generations to come. Each of the following goals encourages the importance of the environment:
- Goal (6): Clean water and sanitation.
- Goal (7): Affordable and Clean energy.
- Goal (11): Sustainable cities and communities
- Goal (13): Climate Actions
- Goal (14): Life below water
- Goal (15): Life on Land
All these goals can be implemented using AI, researches indicate that only 30% of plans can be implemented for environmental goals, but encouraging AI can increase the rate up to 93%! Implementing artificial intelligence systems helps reduce the human presence and thus reduces the risk of human injuries and errors, at the same time the speed of completion is reflected in the speed of containing problems and recovering from environmental problems faster.
Taking Serious Actions Toward the Environment
Human practices affect the environment, all industries affect the land and oceans, population pressure affects pollution, and the devices and current technologies used also play an influential role in the environment. If these human practices continue in the same way, serious obstacles will appear that may lead to a disturbing future. Artificial intelligence can be a quantum leap in the following areas:
AI can be used to optimize energy generation and use clean renewable energy through powerful predictive capabilities and intelligent grid systems, to manage the supply and demand of renewable energy. Also, it is possible to deploy Smart sensors and meters can be deployed within buildings to collect data, monitor, analyze, and optimize energy usage in buildings.
Forecasting more accurate weather can optimize efficiency, reduce costs, and eliminate unnecessary emissions of carbon dioxide. Furthermore, it is capable of improving energy storage, efficiency, and load management, as well as improving the integration and reliability of renewable energy sources. The result will be dynamic pricing and trading, resulting in market incentives.
Briefly, clean air, normal climate processes, and smart option to use can be addressed with AI, using renewable energy can reduce using natural resources, and increase the efficiency of energy production and distribution, operations, and maintenance.
It is very important to preserve water resources, clean them, rationalize their consumption, and reduce their losses. In another way, it is very important also to control the practices of factories that throw their waste into the oceans, which in turn affects fisheries.
Artificial intelligence systems allow the development of equipment and mechanisms capable of cleaning the waters of the seas and oceans, and also, work to track the paths of water on surfaces and groundwater, it also to predict expected droughts in the future, not only this but artificial intelligence can also track illegal fishing.
Moreover, artificial intelligence systems remain more responsive to solutions that human capabilities cannot, such as discovering hard-to-reach areas, knowing temperatures and acidity, and how to protect marine life.
Simply put, artificial intelligence helps build a system for monitoring, tracking, and protecting water resources.
Healthy Air and Disaster Resilience
High carbon dioxide emissions, vehicle smoke, and excessive use of old electrical appliances that are not equipped with gas protection filters can greatly harm humans and the environment alike, in addition to respiratory problems that can affect humans, the vegetation cover, and the atmosphere is affected by these gases.
A purifier with artificial intelligence can record air quality and environmental data in real time and adjust the filtration efficiency. Using data from vehicles, radar sensors, and cameras, AI can help improve air quality. Moreover, artificial intelligence-driven simulations can provide warnings to people in urban areas concerning the level of pollution in their areas. Pollution sources can be detected quickly and accurately with the use of tools.
Can AI Ensure A Sustainable Future For Human Beings?
All these practices can guarantee more bright future with sustainable resources for the next generation, It requires an initiative from governments, technology pioneers, and people. It is not as simple as you can imagine, but the driving force for this initiative is the availability of real and effective solutions. Using artificial intelligence, we are very close to addressing the most pressing environmental concerns. The global effort to achieve sustainable development goals will be accelerated by leveraging AI power.
By implementing intelligent grid systems, AI can ensure that everyone has access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy. Using AI to forecast, manage, and monitor several resources can assist in alleviating worldwide crises. All of this can be accomplished by machines that are well-trained in recognizing objects, understanding, and responding to language, making decisions, and solving problems. Ultimately, AI ensures a sustainable future due to its enormous ability to correct errors, track problems, and find innovative solutions that are reflected in our lives through the concept of (smart cities).
A smart city is a modern urban environment that employs technological solutions to improve the operations across the city to increase the well-being of its citizens. It is based on collecting huge amounts of data through sensors and electronic machines to manage assets, resources, and services efficiently.
For sure AI play a significant role in building smart cities, It is also possible to apply all the tools related to preserving the environment by creating an infrastructure for transportation, water lines, and the use of renewable energy to obtain sustainability that guarantees the luxury of using resources and preserving them for future generations.
AI uses a great deal of energy, and most companies have no idea how to measure environmental impact. the most important step starts with driving the discussion around the awareness and importance of adopting AI in all sectors and taking the environment as a main priority