Google says it won't build AI tools for oil and gas drillers

The tar sands in Canada is one region where oil majors are working with tech giants to extract fossil fuel. Credit Dru Oja Jay Dominion

Google says it won't build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, taking an environmental stance that distinguishes it from cloud computing rivals Microsoft and Amazon.

Google said it will honor all existing contracts with its customers, but didn't specify what companies.

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. Moreover, Google also noted that oil companies will be allowed to use its cloud computing for data storage and general IT operations.

Google has announced it will no longer build custom AI or machine learning tools for oil and gas companies. The announcement followed a Greenpeace report on Tuesday, May 19, that documents how the three tech giants are using AI and computing power to help oil companies find and access oil and gas deposits in the US and around the world.

Greenpeace applauded the new commitment. Schlumberger sells Google's software to other oil and gas companies.

A declaration from the business Tuesday complied with a Greenpeace report that records exactly how the 3 technology titans are utilizing AI and computer power to aid oil firms locate and accessibility oil and gas down payments in the United States and worldwide.

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'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.

Greenpeace said that the tech giants' contracts were largely focused on extraction activities in the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, as well as the Canadian tar sands, the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic and in the Atlantic and North Sea.

"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.

The Greenpeace report on Big Tech's Big Oil exposed 14 contracts that Google, Microsoft and Amazon had with different oil companies.

In response to the findings, Microsoft published a blog statement on Tuesday that emphasised the company's commitment to be carbon negative by 2030 and remove all the carbon emitted since founding by mid-century. "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".

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