Insights · January 17th, 2024

It’s now becoming clear that our Artificial Intelligence future needs an energy breakthrough to drive the industry and adoption at-scale.

“OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman on Tuesday said an energy breakthrough is necessary for future artificial intelligence, which will consume vastly more power than people have expected. “There’s no way to get there without a breakthrough,” he said. ”It motivates us to go invest more in fusion.” – Source: News 18

In the greatest crisis humanity has ever faced, caused by overuse of energy, the dream makers in ‘big tech’ continue to invest in, and develop technologies, that are not energy conserving and rely on huge amounts of incremental energy vs. traditional computing. 

Not alone does Big Tech see these environment-destroying energy demands as an existential human/business problem. They see it as a big opportunity for exponential growth for other energy businesses. 

We are seeing Sam Altman gushing about “silver linings” and “climate-friendly sources of energy”. They are so excited about what sort of story they can weave to make even more money from their diverse and divisive investments.

Here’s a reading list that modern, future ready executives need to pay attention too…

New specialized AI chips and GPUs consume 2-3x the power of prior generations – read more

In AI, performance always comes before environmental good – read more

Multi-purpose, AI systems are orders of magnitude more energy intense than task-specific systems – read more

Making an image with generative AI uses as much energy as charging your phone – read more

Industry estimates peg the cost of running generative AI large language models at up to $4 million a day – read more

In 2020, it took about 27 kilowatt hours of energy to train an AI model. By 2022, that had risen to a million kilowatt hours – read more

ChatGPT may have consumed as much electricity as 175,000 people in January 2023 – read more

AI data center costs will exceed $76 billion by 2028 – read more

The hidden costs of AI: Impending energy and resource strain – read more

OpenAI’s GPT-3 emitted more than 500 and 75 metric tons of carbon dioxide during training – read more

Image created with Midjourney using the following prompt, some versioning and upscaling, and using as much energy as it takes to charge a smartphone – Create a version of the creation of adam by Michelangelo with god and a robot’s hand with electricity flowing through their fingertips, hyperrealistic, 8K, –ar 16:9 –v 6.0 

About Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is a world-renowned futurist speaker, consultant, author, media producer, and executive advisor that has spoken to, and worked with, over 300 of the world’s most impactful organizations and governments.

He helps shape the visions that shape impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies, progressive governments, and 200+ billion dollar investment funds.

Nikolas Badminton’s book Facing Our Futures: How Foresight, Futures Design and Strategy Creates Prosperity and Growth has been selected for 2023 J.P. Morgan Summer Reading List, and featured as the ‘Next Gen Pick’ to inform the next generation of thinkers that lead us into our futures. 

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Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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