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Computing Efficiency, Sufficiency, and Self-sufficiency: A Model for Sustainability?


Hilty, Lorenz (2015). Computing Efficiency, Sufficiency, and Self-sufficiency: A Model for Sustainability? In: LIMITS 2015, First Workshop on Computing within Limits, Irvine, CA, USA, 15 June 2015 - 16 June 2015.

Abstract

Computing is an activity that is based on natural resources like any other human activity. Technological progress has made it possible to perform more and more computations with less material and energy input. This paper looks at this development through the lens of the three concepts of efficiency, sufficiency, and self-sufficiency, asking the question of whether it could lead to a state of self-sufficiency. This vision, which seems attainable for the activity of computing, is then taken both as a model and as an enabling element for a transition towards a sustainable circular economy based on relative regional self-sufficiency.

Abstract

Computing is an activity that is based on natural resources like any other human activity. Technological progress has made it possible to perform more and more computations with less material and energy input. This paper looks at this development through the lens of the three concepts of efficiency, sufficiency, and self-sufficiency, asking the question of whether it could lead to a state of self-sufficiency. This vision, which seems attainable for the activity of computing, is then taken both as a model and as an enabling element for a transition towards a sustainable circular economy based on relative regional self-sufficiency.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:16 June 2015
Deposited On:20 May 2015 15:02
Last Modified:16 Aug 2017 22:31
Publisher:s.n.
Related URLs:http://www.limits2015.org (Organisation)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:12019

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