Arm’s former unofficial tech futurologist joins obscure startup that wants to solve AI’s sustainability problem — by developing computers that consume almost no power

Artificial Intelligence systems, particularly those involving machine learning and deep learning, require a huge amount of energy,  due to the computational intensity of the tasks they perform. These processes require powerful hardware, which in turn consume a lot of electricity. Microsoft is even considering powering its data centers with nuclear energy to help address the problem.

As AI technology continues to advance and its usage becomes more widespread, the energy consumption associated with it is expected to increase, raising concerns about its environmental impact. Andrew Sloss, a seasoned engineer who recently ended his 25-year tenure at Arm as a senior principal research engineer, has taken on a new role at new UK startup, Vaire Computing, to tackle this problem from a different angle.