Technologists want to lower carbon emissions with even more code

Open-source tools designed to spotlight the carbon footprints of cloud storage

Over the last few years, the leading providers have taken steps toward cleaning up their clouds.

Google uses this project to optimize their data centers worldwide, according to Corradi, tapping into the data when making decisions on when to train energy-intensive artificial intelligence models. (A paper published in June of last year by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that training one AI model has the same carbon footprint as the lifetime of five average American cars.)

“I’m very bullish that all cloud players should be offering this as a service”

Ethics and sustainability are relatively new drivers among idealists in Silicon Valley, and hardly a mainstream principle yet among the likes of manufacturing-heavy factories and telecom infrastructures.

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