How can software help Chinese regulators realize their plan to be carbon neutral before 2060? Businesses have not paid enough attention to the increasing role software will have in environmental regulation and environmentalism; Machine learning can help environmental regulators analyse enormous data streams, helping them uncover new information and work more efficiently; Software can help build new ways to monitor carbon emissions and evaluate carbon offset efforts, spotting problems and identifying opportunities. In 2011, Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “ Why software is eating the world ”. His contention was simple: software can now transform industries globally owing to the rapid decline in cost of microprocessors and the transition to the modern internet which connects commercial networks and enterprises. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the role of software in businesses was deceptively subtle. At first, the only companies that used software products were software product companies. Then software crept into the administration of enterprises as companies sought to increase efficiencies in their businesses. Owing to the internet and more recently smartphones, customer behaviour has changed so dramatically that software is being implemented in […]


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