Artificial intelligence (AI) comes with promises of helping coders code faster, drivers drive safer, and making daily tasks less time-consuming. But in a commentary published October 10 in the journal Joule, the founder of Digiconomist demonstrates that the tool, when adopted widely, could have a large energy footprint, which in the future may exceed the power demands of some countries.

"Looking at the growing demand for AI service, it's very likely that related to AI will significantly increase in the coming years," says author Alex de Vries, a Ph.D. candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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