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  • Writer's pictureKhaled Al-Kulaib

AI Uses 10X More Electricity Than Google Search.

he use of artificial intelligence (AI) is exponentially more electricity-intensive compared to standard internet activities. Performing AI computations can consume ten times more power than a simple Google search. This surge in energy consumption is projected to escalate, with estimates suggesting that by 2026, AI operations will utilize as much electricity as the entire country of Japan. This massive energy demand underscores the environmental challenges posed by the increasing integration of AI technologies into daily operations.

Moreover, despite pledging to become carbon negative by 2030, Microsoft has reported a 30% increase in its carbon footprint since 2020. This rise highlights the difficulties major tech companies face in balancing technological advancements with environmental responsibilities. On a more innovative note, Oklo, a California-based startup specializing in nuclear energy, is addressing this challenge by developing aesthetically pleasing nuclear reactors tailored for tech companies. Notably, Sam Altman, a prominent figure in the tech industry, is a major shareholder in Oklo, showcasing a growing interest in sustainable energy solutions among tech leaders.

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