EICN Beijing – The Impossible Triangle: Computing Power, Energy Consumption, and Global Environmental Goals

Over the past eighteen months, the predominant discourse on technological transformation seems to revolve around the development and evolution of generative artificial intelligence (AI). Almost periodically, we find ourselves deeply impressed by the latest advancements in this field, both intellectually and philosophically. A probable reality is that generative AI might imminently revolutionize operational models in industries worth trillions or even tens of trillions of dollars, spanning from retail to aerospace. This transformation could encompass, from molecular information modeling in the biomedicine sector to environmental simulation in oil exploration, from autonomous driving in logistics to technological breakthroughs in aerospace.

In the current geopolitical landscape, it appears daunting to persuade major economies to forsake the competition in the field of AI, particularly considering that national security has, to some extent, become the predominant theme. We certainly do not want to witness the pursuit of technology leading the world back to an era of high carbon emissions. As Sam Altman asserted at this year’s Davos, if we cannot anticipate a slowdown in the development of artificial intelligence, our greatest hope may rest in breakthroughs in the field of clean energy, encompassing production capacity to energy storage technology.

For this event, we will invite leaders and experts in the energy sector to deliberate on the new opportunities and challenges brought by generative AI. Additionally, we will analyze how to harness new technologies to address energy consumption issues, achieve sustainable development in the industry, and attain carbon neutrality goals.

*Please note that the language for this event will be Chinese/bilingual. We will provide simultaneous interpretation on-site during the event. 此次活动的语言将是中文/双语。我们会在活动现场提供同声传译。


Dr Zuozhi Zhao

Vice President at Siemens Energy

Dr Zhonghua Xu

VP, Head of R&D Asia at TotalEnergies

Dr Robert Xiao

Director, Beijing of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network


17:30 – 18:00 Registration and Network

18:00 – 19:15 Presention and Discussion

19:15 – 21:00 Cocktail Party

Event details


Hotel Eclat Beijing

Room 2005, No. 9 DongDaQiao Road, Chaoyang District, 朝阳区东大桥路9号,侨福芳草地,怡亨酒店2005, 总统套房, Beijing, China

Meeting room details will be shared upon successfull registration


If you have any questions about this event, or joining our Singapore network please send an email to eicn_beijing@economist.com.

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