Using artificial intelligence consumes ten times more electricity than a traditional Google search | Doctor Tecno | The Magazine

Using artificial intelligence consumes ten times more electricity than a traditional Google search | Doctor Tecno | The Magazine
Using artificial intelligence consumes ten times more electricity than a traditional Google search | Doctor Tecno | The Magazine

The artificial intelligence generative has become one of the most consulted tools by users on the Internet, through popular chatbots and programs. Today, Most users have performed at least one search using artificial intelligencetaking advantage of the fact that its use is largely free.

However, any technological process has a cost that goes beyond money. It is about the energy and the electricityan input that artificial intelligence platforms largely require to function.

ChatGPT y Google Bard are just two of the most consulted artificial intelligence chatbots on the internet. Since they are designed to perform several functions, such as answering questions, analyzing texts and generating content, Its use consumes even more energy.

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How much energy do chatbots consume?

Just in training GPT-3the language model used in ChatGPT, used 700,000 liters of fresh water, equivalent to the production of 370 BMW cars or 320 Tesla electric vehicles.

So, How much energy does it take to do a search on this platform?

According to an investigation by the portal Digiconomista search on one of these chatbots consumes ten times more electricity than a traditional Google search, and is equivalent to talking for an hour on a conventional telephone.

According to the founder of Digiconomist, Alex de Vriesif all Google searches are answered with artificial intelligence, The electricity would be equivalent to that used in the entire country of Ireland.

Even Elon Muskthe tech mogul, has warned that the world is approaching a “energy drought”, because AI will run out of transformers by 2025.

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Demand for energy to power artificial intelligence is increasing

According to the latest report of the International Energy Agency On projected energy consumption for 2026, data centers powering AI are expected to consume more than 1,000 terawatt-hours that year, equivalent to the total energy consumption of Japan.

This demand for energy has caused environmental organizations to question companies developing artificial intelligence chatbots about the natural resources that are being used without being regulated.

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This is how the first will be held in December of this year Global Conference on Energy and Artificial IntelligenceThis is a global summit where various stakeholders in the sector will meet and discuss possible measures to address this increase in demand.

Measures could include regulate technological infrastructures so that they do not engage in unethical practices in the management of natural resources, and also find solutions that maintain the balance between environment and the new technological era. (I)

 
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