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The Dark Side of AI: How Our Planet Pays the Price
The Dark Side of AI How Our Planet Pays the Price

We all enjoy the conveniences of life, but they come at a cost. I can't imagine my daily life without AI - it's everywhere, from my morning routine to late at night. AI speeds up my work and makes my home smarter. But what's the real price of all this convenience? Is it costing us, the consumers, and could it harm our planet in the long run? We often worry about robots taking over, but we should also think about how these new, fancy AI solutions affect our energy use. After all, that energy has to come from somewhere.

Let's take a closer look at how AI impacts our environment. We love how AI makes our lives easier, but it's not just about money. AI is now part of our daily routines and work.

In this article, we'll explore how much energy AI requires and what it means for our environment. We'll also talk about how we can use AI in a way that's better for our planet.

The energy AI uses has become a big concern. Google, for example, uses AI in its operations, and it's using a lot of electricity. In fact, if every Google search used AI like ChatGPT, it could use as much electricity as a whole country, like Ireland, in a year. This is a significant increase in energy use compared to regular Google searches.

A new study by Alex de Vries, who is known for his work on pollution from crypto mining, tells us that we need to start paying attention to how AI affects the environment. We might not know exactly how much pollution AI, like ChatGPT, causes just yet, but we should act now to prevent it from getting out of control.

The study also suggests that we need to be responsible in how we use AI. It's similar to how people initially thought blockchain was a miracle solution. But if we use AI carelessly, it could waste a lot of power and resources.

Google is a big player in the AI game. In 2021, about 10% to 15% of Google's electricity went into AI. And they've expanded their AI efforts since then, like using AI to help fight climate change and prepare for natural disasters.

Google says predicting how much more energy AI will need in the future is tough. But looking at the past, they've found that the power needed for AI has grown slower than the demand for it.

Google is also trying to make AI more energy-efficient. They've cut the carbon footprint of AI work by a lot and plan to keep making AI computing greener.

Now, let's talk about the numbers. That scary scenario of Google using as much electricity as Ireland is unlikely. It's based on some unrealistic assumptions. A more realistic estimate looks at the energy AI servers from NVIDIA might use. Even at full blast, they would use much less electricity compared to data centers over the years.

NVIDIA, a big name in AI technology, says they're working on making their products more energy-efficient.

AI is changing our world, but it also comes with some environmental concerns. We need to be smart about how we use AI and work on making it greener. By staying aware and taking action, we can make sure AI's impact on our planet is a positive one.

We all should be using AI in an eco-friendly way, but this involves developing energy-efficient algorithms, which means making AI software and hardware more energy-efficient, promoting green energy sources, and being mindful of where and how AI is used.

Thank you for reading this blog THE DARK SIDE OF AI - HOW OUR PLANET PAYS THE PRICE ... and question for all of us is:

Are we using AI technology in a way that's environmentally responsible?

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