Delaware daily roundup: Greentech terms to know post-Earth Day; generative AI’s energy costs; anti-AI deepfake legislation

Plus, a University of Delaware spacecraft get's NASA's approval.

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For Earth Day, a greentech glossary

For over a century, we’ve been reliant on fossil fuels — oil, gas and coal — just under the earth’s crust. These fuels are natural, but they release carbon into the air when burned, and that carbon contributes to climate change.

The good news is that there are many ways to create energy that emit little to no carbon, from long-used methods like harnessing water and wind to more recent innovations like nuclear fission and green hydrogen.

To help you keep things straight, we published an Earth Day glossary of terms to help navigate today’s climate conversations.

➡️ Check out the glossary here.

Generative AI’s rapacious use of energy

Creating a single generative AI image can use as much energy as a full smartphone charge, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University showed last year.

“The hardware costs and infrastructure costs are really daunting, they’re growing at such high rates,” said Benjamin Lee, an engineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “This is probably one of the defining challenges I’ve seen in my career so far.”

You won’t believe one of the proposed solutions.

➡️  Read Sarah’s report here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The University of Delaware’s first orbital spacecraft has been selected by NASA for an upcoming mission. [UDaily]

• New state legislation aims to criminalize the creation and distribution of nonconsensual AI deepfakes. [WBOC]

• Despite its 100% job placement rate, Del Tech is discontinuing its energy technology associates program due to a lack of interest. [Delaware Public Media]

• Cloud seeding and other weather manipulation technologies could be used as warfare in the future, meteorologist warns. [MSN/Newsweek]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• April 26-28 — 5th Annual NULYP Eastern Regional Conference #bEastCon [Details here]

• Saturday, April 27 — TEDxWilmington 2024, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Theatre N [Details here]

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