Solutions to Climate Change according the AI
and a Poem
By Bruce Barbour and ChatGPT (and a myriad of other unacknowledged people that ChatGPT "borrowed" information and style from) - February 2023
We have all heard about artificial intelligence (AI) and in particular one of its pre-incarnations - ChatGPT. I thought I would give it a try to see what it would propose to solve climate change. That "conversation" is below.
My impressions. Pretty impressive. At the same time a bit scary.
If I didn't know it was written by a piece of software I would have thought it was written by a human. It has a naturalistic conversational style. But at the same time very cool, lacking emotion.
As for content it was OK. It, of course, did not come up with anything new in terms of breakthrough solutions. But that would have been expecting too much - especially when you know it is just scrapping information together from a number of undeclared sources and putting it into a readable form.
The poem at the end of the conversation is interesting. Not Shakespeare by any means but better than I could do, especially not in the few seconds it took to generate it. (It would take me hours and would still be c**p.) It will keep poets on their toes. A poet to keep his or her job would have to be able to write a better poem than the example provided below.
18 February 2023.Bruce: How would you solve the problem with climate change?
ChatGPT: The problem of climate change is complex and multifaceted, requiring a comprehensive and coordinated approach from individuals, organizations, and governments around the world. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and multiple strategies need to be implemented simultaneously to address the issue effectively.
Here are some of the ways we can tackle climate change:
Bruce: What do you see as the problems with carbon trading, if any?
ChatGPT: Carbon trading, also known as emissions trading, is a market-based mechanism that allows companies and countries to buy and sell permits that allow them to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases. While carbon trading has been promoted as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective manner, there are several potential problems with this approach, including:
Bruce: How can the issue of double counting of emission reductions be solved in carbon trading?
ChatGPT: Double counting of emission reductions refers to the risk that the same emission reduction may be claimed and counted towards multiple targets, resulting in overestimation of emission reductions and undermining the effectiveness of carbon trading. This issue can be addressed through a number of measures:
Bruce: Will humanity be successful in preventing the existential risks of climate change?
ChatGPT: The question of whether humanity will be successful in preventing the existential risks of climate change is a difficult one to answer with certainty. While there are many challenges associated with addressing climate change, there are also many reasons for optimism.
Firstly, there is a growing recognition of the urgency and severity of the problem, with many governments, businesses, and individuals taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability. This is evidenced by the widespread adoption of renewable energy, the phasing out of fossil fuels, the growth of the electric vehicle industry, and the increasing focus on sustainable agriculture and forestry.
Secondly, there have been significant advances in technology that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. For example, the development of advanced batteries and energy storage systems has made renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power more reliable and cost-effective, while innovations in carbon capture and storage and negative emissions technologies could help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Finally, there is a growing sense of global cooperation and collaboration, with countries and organizations working together to address the issue of climate change. The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, which set a global goal of limiting warming to well below 2°C, and the recent COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, which saw a number of commitments made by countries to reduce emissions, are examples of this.
While the challenges associated with addressing climate change are significant, there are reasons for optimism that humanity will be successful in preventing the existential risks it poses. However, this will require continued effort and commitment from governments, businesses, and individuals around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability.
Bruce: How can AI assist humanity to tackle climate change?
ChatGPT: Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to assist humanity in tackling climate change in several ways. Here are some examples:
Bruce: Please write a poem to encourage people and governments to act on climate change solutions.
ChatGPT: Sure, here's a poem I came up with:
The world is changing, can't you see?
The climate's shifting, it's plain to me
We need to act, and act right now
To save the planet, to make it proud
The ice is melting, the seas will rise
The storms are stronger, it's no surprise
The heat is scorching, the air is thick
We need to act, it's time to pick
Pick up the pace, pick up the fight
Pick up the torch, and make it bright
For climate change is not a myth
It's here, it's real, it's time to fix
The time is now, let's not delay
Let's work together, day by day
Governments, people, hand in hand
To heal the planet, to make a stand
Invest in green, reduce the waste
Renew the energy, haste makes waste
For every action, big or small
Can make a difference, can change it all
The world is ours, it's in our care
Let's act today, let's be aware
For the future of our world is bright
When we work together, for what is right.
(Bruce's comment - not to ChatGPT:- The poem is not too bad. However there are a few lines that I thought could be improved. And I also added a new verse on fossil fuels. Updated version with those changes here.)
Bruce: Thank You.
ChatGPT: You're welcome! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.
* * * * *For more on how far AI has come YouTube video here.
See a further chat I had with ChatGPT on the movie "Blade Runner" here.
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