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Thirsty, with Shaolei Ren

Ep. 37

In this episode, Shaolei Ren and I discuss the relationship between water and generative AI. We delve into what happens to water in the (very thirsty) data center, what it's used for, and how much fresh water the AI revolution will ask of the planet in the future, and at what costs. Big Tech doesn't yet disclose its water withdrawal or consumption, so researcher like Shaolei Ren take up the work and propose solutions for a more sustainable future for AI. Recorded April 19, 2024. Released May 13, 2024.

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