Google Just Figured Out A Futuristic Way To Slash Its Energy Bill

Connie Zhou/AP It takes more than a mere human to make these glowing towers run on less power.  Google is getting a lot smarter about how much electricity it uses. The internet goliath is now using its DeepMind artificial intelligence technology ― the same one that recently trounced one of the world’s best human players of the notoriously difficult game “Go” ―  to cut electricity bills at its energy-guzzling data centers. Using DeepMind algorithms, researchers found more efficient ways to distribute electricity throughout Google’s vast network of servers, which make up about 5 percent of the cloud, the digital backbone of the internet. The company wrote in a blog post Tuesday the machine learning helped it cut energy used for cooling by 40 percent, translating to a 15 percent decrease in overall…


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