Some Remarks on Energy and Resource Consumption of New Information Technologies

Maurer HA, Rauch W, & Sebestyen I (1982). Some Remarks on Energy and Resource Consumption of New Information Technologies. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-82-013


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Current research into the application of information technologies is largely focused on technological and socio-psychological issues. The following paper offers some remarks on the consumption of energy and other resources by these technologies. It is concluded that while in principle, new methods of telecommunication and information technology require fewer materials and less energy than traditional ones, but carelessly designed systems and applications could cause tremendous increases in such use. The design of a new technological system together with human attitudes toward changing modes of communication will be primarily responsible for its consumption of energy and materials.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Management and Technology Area (MMT)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:51
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 10:32

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