AI Development Causes Surge in Water Consumption, Raising Environmental Concerns

  • To develop AI systems like ChatGPT, Microsoft and OpenAI use large amounts of water for cooling data centers in Iowa.
  • Microsoft’s global water consumption rose 34% from 2021 to 2022 due to AI research, with AI ChatGPT estimated to utilize 500ml of water per 5 to 50 prompts.
  • Microsoft and OpenAI are researching ways to measure AI’s energy and carbon footprint, aiming for improvements in efficiency and setting sustainability goals for 2030.
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