New technologies like the rapidly advancing deep learning models have led to increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) models. With promises ranging from autonomous vehicles—land, air, and seafaring—to highly specialized information retrieval and creation like ChatGPT, the possibilities seem boundless. Yet potential pitfalls exist, such as job displacement and privacy concerns, as well as materials and energy concerns.
Every operation a computer performs corresponds to electrical signals that travel through its hardware and consume power. The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Deep Jariwala, assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering, and Benjamin C. Lee, professor of electrical and systems engineering and computer and information science, spoke with Penn Today about the impact an increasing AI computation reliance will have as infrastructure develops to facilitate its ever-growing needs.