Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Google to stop enabling oil and gas industry

Up until very recently the big tech conpanies - Google/Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon - have been merrily providing artificial intelligence (AI) products and services to oil and gas companies to help them identify new fields to develop, etc, much to the chagrin and disgust of environmental organizations like Greenpeace.
To their credit, though, Google has now announced that, henceforward, it will no longer build AI tools to speed up oil and gas extraction, on the grounds that this practice militates against their own climate change policies and goals. They will continue to honour existing contracts with the likes of Shell, BP, Chevron, Exxon, etc, but will not take on any new ones.
Amazon and, perhaps most notably Microsoft (given Bill Gates' espoused climate change views), have given no such undertakings.

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