Concerns about Excessive Water Consumption for Artificial Intelligence Development

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Concerns about Excessive Water Consumption for Artificial Intelligence Development

Concerns about excessive water consumption for the development of artificial intelligence technology

The significant and increasing use of large amounts of water by major global technology companies to cool data centers relying on artificial intelligence has raised concerns about the environmental impact of this practice.

According to the Financial Times on the sixth of March, concerns about water scarcity in the past year have intensified as these companies fiercely compete with each other to provide AI-generated products that can rapidly process massive amounts of data.

The achievement of these companies in developing high-capacity and fast computational language processing models requires the existence of huge servers that need to be cooled.

Based on the latest available data from the year 2022, Microsoft’s water consumption increased by 34%, Google’s by 22%, and Meta’s by 3%, but competition among these companies has further intensified since then.

Establishing data centers underwater, which naturally provide a cooler environment, is one of the potential creative solutions for the future.


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