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From Moore's Law to the Carbon Law
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2162-8353
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Human Centered Technology, Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1089-3389
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2020 (English)In: ICT4S 2020: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) , 2020, p. 285-293Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In society in general and within computing in particular, there has, and continues to be, a focus on faster, cheaper, better etc. Such perspectives clash with the fact that impeding climate change and the need for radically decreased CO2 emissions (c.f. the Paris Agreement) will have fundamental and far-reaching ramification for computing and for all other sectors of society during the coming decades. In the call for the first Computing within Limits workshop, it was stated that "A goal of this community is to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits and/or scarcity."There have since been several contributions to Computing within Limits that have accepted the challenge of discussing and imagining what such systems as well as what "a future of limits and/or scarcity"could look like. Despite this, there is currently no consensus about what exactly such a future entails and the community can consequently only offer hazy ideas about exactly what systems we should strive to design and develop. The basic problem can be summed up as follows: we know that fundamental changes are necessary and will come, but we still struggle with envisioning what a post-growth/decarbonising society looks like and what computing systems need to be designed and developed for use in such futures, or, to support that transition. In this paper we argue that the work of imagining an actionable "future of limits"could benefit from using the "carbon law"as a starting point. The carbon law is based on work in the environmental sciences and we exemplify how it can be used to generate requirements that can guide the development of computing systems for a future of limits. While these lessons are general, we exemplify by describing a research project that aims to support the KTH Royal Institute of Technology's goal of-in line with the carbon law-radically reducing CO2 emissions from academic flying over the next decade. We give examples of how computing can aid in this task, including by presenting visualisation tools that we have developed to support the KTH carbon abatement goals. We also discuss the role of computer science in general and of Computing within Limits in particular in supporting the transition to a more sustainable (or at least a less unsustainable) future.

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) , 2020. p. 285-293
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ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Keywords [en]
academic flying, carbon emissions, carbon law, computer science, sustainability, Carbon, Carbon dioxide, Climate change, Sustainable development, Carbon abatement, CO2 emissions, Community IS, Computing system, Design and Development, Environmental science, Fundamental changes, Royal Institute of Technology, Environmental regulations
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Energy Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-301675DOI: 10.1145/3401335.3401825Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85090497602OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-301675DiVA, id: diva2:1594365
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7th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability, ICT4S 2020, Virtual, Online, 21 June 2020 through 27 June 2020
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FLIGHT3250sflab
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QC 20220824

Part of proceedings: ISBN 9781450375955

Available from: 2021-09-15 Created: 2021-09-15 Last updated: 2022-08-25Bibliographically approved

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