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Google will longer build AI tools for oil and gas extraction

Google will longer build AI tools for oil and gas extraction”

The conservationist team says Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have actually been threatening their very own environment adjustment promises by partnering with significant oil firms consisting of Shell, BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil that have actually looked for brand-new innovation to obtain even more oil and gas out of the ground.

Of note: Google's announcement dropped alongside a Greenpeace report released Tuesday that detailed cloud computing and AI contracts between Google, Microsoft and Amazon and oil and gas companies.

Google will no longer develop new artificial intelligence tools to help oil and gas companies extract crude, the company announced Tuesday.

The practice has become a target for environmental campaigners who have argued that supporting oil extraction runs counter to the tech sectors increasingly vocal pledges to tackle escalating climate risks and pursue net zero emissions goals. "Google Cloud is only a small percentage of this aggregate spend", said the Google spokesperson. Last year's financial filings show that Google took in about $65 million from oil and gas companies which equates to less than 1% of its overall cloud business.

Greenpeace applauded the new commitment.

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While Google still has a number of current contracts it says it will honor, a company spokesperson said that moving forward it will no longer build custom AI or machine learning algorithms 'to facilitate upstream extraction in the oil and gas industry'.

'We hope Microsoft and Amazon will quickly follow with commitments to end AI partnerships with oil and gas firms, as these contracts contradict their stated climate goals and accelerate the climate crisis, ' Greenpeace's Elizabeth Jardim told OneZero.

In a statement following the report, Microsoft said the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy was a complicated one, but the company still aims to be carbon negative by 2030. "The reality is that the world's energy now comes from fossil fuels and, as standards of living around the world improve, the world will require even more energy". It said, "Microsoft appears to be leading the way with the most oil and contracts, offering AI capabilities in all phases of oil production". Total did not respond to a request for comment.

Greenpeace was encouraged by Google's response and called on other major tech companies to follow suit, saying it has already had "productive conversations" with many.

Correction: This article was amended to reflect the fact that Google's commitment to no longer build custom AI tools for oil and gas was made in early May, not yesterday as previously suggested.



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