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The Contingencies of Computational Environmentalism

What to remember when engaging with the environment as one building or using computational technologies

This article is a short reflection on concern about and action aimed at protecting the environment (environmentalism) in relation to contingencies within the technology industry.

  1. Contingency: in philosophy and logic, contingency is the status of propositions that are neither true under every possible valuation nor false under every possible valuation. A contingent proposition is neither necessarily true nor necessarily false.
  2. Contingency plan: A plan involving suitable backups, immediate actions and longer term measures for responding to computer emergencies such as attacks or accidental disasters.
  3. Contingency: in math a sentence is called a contingency if its truth table contains at least one ‘T’ and at least one ‘F. ‘ SEE ALSO: Contradiction, Tautology, Truth Table.
  4. Contingency: a contingent event something liable to happen as an adjunct to or result of something else.
  • The network exists to run code on.
  • You are connected to that network.
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Material-computing relationships

I held a talk about this earlier this year called AI and the Climate Crisis, however I realise it might have been quite negative.

  • Logistics.
  • Factories.
  1. Are you saying we should not use technology at all?

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AI Policy and Ethics at www.nora.ai. Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own. twitter.com/AlexMoltzau

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