Opinion: Why Artificial Intelligence Matters in the Energy and Waste Sectors

RESTRUCTURING WILL TAKE PLACE ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIAL SECTORS; THE ENERGY AND WASTE INDUSTRIES WILL BE NO EXCEPTION TO THIS 

I want to take a more integrated approach looking at the effects of artificial intelligence on energy and waste industries. What we see is that energy and waste industries are being reshaped and restructured by artificial intelligence precisely because of the fact that artificial intelligence is becoming an all-embracing multi-purpose solution to solve problems efficiently, save time and energy.


REUSING TECHNOLOGY; ONE TECHNOLOGY CAN BE USED IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND SOLVE MULTIPLE PROBLEMS AT THE SAME TIME

What artificial intelligence means is that one solution can be repurposed in many different ways to a whole host of different industrial sectors, in this case it will be applied to automation processes in the recycling processes in the waste industry, and for automating the process of managing and operating the electricity grid infrastructure.


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE HAS BECOME SO ADVANCED IT ENABLES THESE NEW MULTIPURPOSE TECHNOLOGIES USED ACROSS DIFFERENT INDUSTRIAL SECTORS

Artificial intelligence will become a layer existing on top of the existing infrastructure. In fact, artificial intelligence wouldn’t even exist without the electricity grid and infrastructure that the private sector and governments have provided over the last 150 years in the Western world. We can see that very easily when examining the smart metering and smart grid solutions which come on top of existing infrastructure.


MACHINE LEARNING WILL GET BETTER AND BETTER OVER TIME UNTIL IT STARTS TO CHALLENGE MID-LEVEL WORKERS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME IT DOESN’T CREATE NEW WORK, TWO JOBS BECOME JUST ONE JOB BUT NO NEW JOBS ARE BEING CREATED IN THE ECONOMY

In fact, there will be much less demand for work performed in general, especially for skill sets that once obtained do not change over time. The same process will shape the waste industry as well, and currently we can see that process reshaping the whole industry as the whole recycling industry becomes over time less dependant on workers in general to do the work.

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