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The AI wild card for data centers: ‘Oh sh*t, this is for real’

For the Big Three, surging energy demand could complicate renewables procurement plans.

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October 25, 2023
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The Latitude podcast from Latitude Media
The Latitude podcast from Latitude Media

Top tech companies are on a quest to run their massive data centers around the clock with clean power.

It’s not an easy task, but they’ve been making progress. The energy efficiency of large data centers has radically improved over the last two decades. And tech players have been buying renewables at breakneck speed.

But a new source of computational demand is complicating those efforts: artificial intelligence.

In this episode of The Latitude, editor Lisa Martine Jenkins presents a story from writer Erin Wong called, “The AI ‘wild card’ promises to complicate clean clouds.”

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