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

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Article number100068
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>14/08/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Patterns
Issue number5
Volume1
Number of pages3
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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.