Amid growing debate about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, some researchers say an important concern is being overlooked: the energy computers use to train and run large AI models.
Alex de Vries of the VU Amsterdam School of Business and Economics warns that the rise of AI is poised to make it a significant contributor to global carbon emissions. He estimates that if Google switched its entire search business to AI, it would use 29.3 terawatt hours per year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of Ireland and nearly double its total energy consumption. company’s output, was 15.4 terawatt hours in 2020. . Google did not do this. I did not respond to requests for comment.
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