Google goes greener: How AI helps Google conserve energy

Korean grandmaster Lee Sedo suffered defeat in Go – a 2,500 year old game exponentially more complicated than chess – at the hands of Google’s Artificial Intelligence program in March.That same technology is now conserving power at a handful of Google data centers, slashing the energy bills for cooling by 40 percent this spring.The achievement opens the horizon for energy efficiency gains in manufacturing plants, power plants, and energy grids, all thanks to an artificially intelligent system that can master any pattern, whether on a game board or in a heating and cooling system.DeepMind uses “deep learning,” recognizing patterns in large data sets, to analyze information from thousands of sensors measuring temperature and power usage in each data center. Google’s data centers support Google Search, Gmail, and Youtube, generating high levels of…

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