I'm currently learning how to train and use neural networks, as I've heard getting into this field would be worthwhile from the people at https://80000hours.org/

Is there any application of this technology usable for the purpose of being more eco-friendly? I'm thinking in order to tackle global warming or in order to tackle plastic pollution, for instance.

Are there plenty of well-paying jobs out there in Deep Learning that have a high ecological impact?

I'm currently working with energy efficiency smart grid components and was wondering if it's worth the shift.

  • VTC as I feel this question is too broad -- a neural network is essentially a tool, which can be applied to many tasks for many different reasons. – LShaver Oct 16 '18 at 19:24
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    If someone can easily provide a list of say 7 examples where deep learning is applied to tackle the global warming or plastic pollution problem, then I agree with LShaver that this question is too broad. But if it's impossible or very hard to come up with such a list then I think this question is fine. – THelper Oct 17 '18 at 10:11
  • Can I use a rake to be more eco friendly? Can I use a video camera to be more eco friendly? Can I use a scalpel to be more eco friendly? Maybe the answer to some of these is yes but I don't think such questions would be left open on this site. Just because "deep learning" has extremely high buzz right now doesn't make this question more reasonable than the ones at the top of this comment. The answers given in the question don't help either. Can a raincoat solve global warming? Can a telephone solve plastic pollution? Maybe - but such vague questions are not a good fit here. – Jean-Paul Calderone Oct 18 '18 at 1:05
  • I really can't think of a real life example where this is possible. I work with smartgrids and the very old linear regression is fine for most energy suppliers, besides it's the industry that consumes most of the energy and they have very specific times when they fire up their big consumers. Are these examples you're thinking of so obvious? – Sustainable Programmer Oct 19 '18 at 4:09
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    Wouldn't a better question be "Are there any well paying jobs that have a positive ecological footprint?" – Tim Oct 19 '18 at 5:06

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