How Energy-Expensive Is Artificial Intelligence?

Posted: 24th May 2024

The use of artificial intelligence has skyrocketed, leading to a surge in demand for electricity by data centres according to The BBC. Generative AI, in particular, is singled out as a major energy consumer due to its inefficient computational processes. This form of AI requires significant computational power with each query, significantly more than task-specific software.

As data centres continue to expand to meet this demand, concerns over energy consumption grow. The International Energy Agency predicts a doubling of electricity usage by data centres by 2026, equivalent to Japan’s annual consumption. The issue is particularly pressing in countries like Ireland, where data centres already consume a substantial portion of electricity.

Considering the significant energy implications, it’s only natural to ask: How energy-expensive is AI really?

 

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