Sustainable computing is cited as one of several key emerging technologies “poised to positively impact society in the next three to five years,” according to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2023 report notes that data centers currently “consume an estimated 1% of the electricity produced globally, and this amount will only increase with growing demand for data services.”
However, “it is expected that the coming decade will boast substantial strides toward net-zero-energy data centers as emerging technologies are combined and integrated in innovative ways — rapidly making the dream of net-zero-energy data centers an achievable reality,” the report says.
Advancements in this area include:
- Measures to address heat-management issues
- The use of AI to analyze and optimize energy use in real-time, maximizing efficiency without compromising performance
- A more modular and demand-based approach to the infrastructure supporting data centers
Overall, the top 10 emerging technologies cited by the report are:
- Flexible batteries — Powering wearable technologies for healthcare and e-textiles.
- Generative artificial intelligence — Expanding the boundaries of human endeavour.
- Sustainable aviation fuel — Moving the aviation industry towards net-zero carbon emissions.
- Designer phages — Engineering viruses to augment human, animal and plant health.
- Metaverse for mental health — Shared virtual spaces to improve mental health.
- Wearable plant sensors — Revolutionizing agricultural data collection to feed the world.
- Spatial omics — Molecular-level mapping of biological processes to unlock life’s mysteries.
- Flexible neural electronics — Better engineered circuits to interface with the nervous system.
- Sustainable computing — Designing and implementing net-zero-energy data centers.
- AI-facilitated healthcare — New technologies to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems.
Read the complete report at the World Economic Forum.
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