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Google Will Not Make A.I. Tools For Oil And Gas Sector Firms Anymore


05/22/2020


Google Will Not Make A.I. Tools For Oil And Gas Sector Firms Anymore
Google will no longer building customized artificial intelligence (AI) tools specifically for the oil and gas sector companies that can help them to produce fossil fuels all over the world, the tech giant has pledged.
 
This announcement was made by the company after a report was published by Greenpeace which focused on the manner in which tech companies Google, Microsoft, and Amazon use AI and warehouse servers in business deals with oil and gas companies such as Shell, BP, and ExxonMobil to help them to locate and retrieve oil and gas deposits from the depth of the Earth.
 
“While Google still has a few legacy contracts with oil and gas firms, we welcome this indication from Google that it will no longer build custom solutions for upstream oil and gas extraction,” said Elizabeth Jardim, senior corporate campaigner for Greenpeace USA, according to reports.
 
“Despite the biggest cloud companies’ commitments to address climate change, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon all have connections to some of the world’s dirtiest oil companies for the explicit purpose of getting more oil and gas out of the ground and onto the market faster and cheaper,” the Greenpeace report read.
 
Google is considered to be one of the least polluting of the tech companies in the world. The company has turned itself completely carbon neutral since 2007, unlike other tech giants, by the use of strategies such as purchasing renewable energy to counter its use of non-renewable energy for its business.  
 
While Microsoft has said that it would turn carbon neutral by 2030, Amazon has said that it will become carbon neutral by 2040.
 
Microsoft was identified as the tech giant with the most oil and gas contracts in the Greenpeace report which is titled “How Tech Companies are Helping Big Oil Profit from Climate Destruction”, and claimed that the tech giant is “offering AI capabilities in all phases of oil production.”
 
Responding to the report, Microsoft said in a blog post that it was encouraging to note the growth in the number of commitments in the world energy sector for transition to cleaner energy and for the lowering in the lowering carbon emissions.
 
“We agree that the world confronts an urgent carbon problem and we all must do more and move faster to reach a net zero-carbon future,” Microsoft wrote in the post.
 
“The reality is that the world’s energy currently comes from fossil fuels and, as standards of living around the world improve, the world will require even more energy. That makes realizing a zero-carbon future one of the most complex transitions in human history.”
 
On the other hand the report identified that the contracts that Amazon had with oil and gas companies were for projects that were mainly in the mid and downstream phases of production. It also said that pipelines, shipping, and storage for oil and gas companies was the focus area for Amazon.
 
“The Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is the largest in the world, the virtual home to millions of websites, and is now being used by oil and gas firms to get oil to market more efficiently,” Greenpeace said.
 
“Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently stepped up his company’s ambition on climate, announcing the Climate Pledge and his $10 billion Earth Fund. These efforts unfortunately ignore Amazon’s ongoing support of the fossil fuel sector with AI technologies.”
 
(Source:www.cnbc.com)