How and why is artificial intelligence worsening climate on Earth?

June 25, 2024  20:10

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming an integral part of modern life, but its implementation has serious environmental consequences. The introduction of AI is leading to a significant increase in electricity consumption, which increases countries' dependence on fossil fuels. According to the Washington Post, this is especially noticeable in the US, where the largest technology companies operate data centers with huge energy consumption.

Growing needs and consequences

Despite tech giants' claims to be green, their data centers consume electricity at levels comparable to small towns. Critics argue that AI's growing energy consumption is exacerbating fossil fuel use. Some coal plants are even reopening to ensure grid stability, further threatening the climate.

Conflicting measures and prospects

Tech companies say they offset carbon emissions by purchasing renewable energy. However, skeptics believe these efforts only cast the problem wider, increasing dependence on natural gas and other polluting sources. This raises concerns that the rise in electricity consumption in the AI ​​sector poses a serious threat to the environment.

The need for urgent action

Given the scale of the problem, the rise in energy consumption associated with AI requires urgent action. Companies must look for more sustainable solutions and actively invest in the development of energy efficient technologies to reduce their negative environmental impact.

Let us note that thermonuclear fusion technologies, which can be used to produce environmentally friendly energy, can be a good solution to the problem.

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