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A ‘Green’ Search Engine Sees Danger—and Opportunity—in the Generative AI Revolution 🌳
🌐 The digital revolution is not just changing industries, it’s transforming our entire society. Berlin-based Ecosia, a carbon-negative search engine, is stepping up to the challenge.
🌳 Having planted more than 180 million trees using its profit, Ecosia is a testament to how business can contribute positively to the environment.
🔄 However, the rise of generative AI is causing ripples in the search engine market, forcing Ecosia to adapt amidst a shifting landscape.
🔀 Today, after relying on results exclusively from Microsoft's Bing for 14 years, Ecosia decided to switch primarily to Google, hoping to participate in the AI-led shift in how people use search engines.
💡 Ecosia is exploring innovative ways to serve its users while maintaining its commitment to environmental sustainability.
🔮 In this AI-backed future, Ecosia foresees an opportunity not merely to offer search results, but to encourage users towards environmentally-friendly choices.
🛤️ For instance, when users search for flights, Ecosia could suggest less carbon-intensive options, like taking a train, and demonstrate how such choices can lead to significant CO2 savings.
🚀 I firmly believe that generative AI could help us take a significant step towards a more sustainable future, unlocking new methods for green businesses like Ecosia to enhance their impact.
📉 Yet, this shift also poses challenges. AI-powered search increases energy consumption, potentially driving up carbon emissions - a significant concern for a climate-focused venture like Ecosia.
🔄 However, it's crucial to remember that every challenge is an opportunity in disguise. "AI might help offset some of its own environmental impacts by aiding projects that reduce societies’ emissions overall," opines Christian Kroll, Ecosia's CEO.
💡 As we step into an exciting transformation of the digital world, let's ensure that we keep the planet at heart, fostering technological innovations that not only revolutionize our lives, but also make our world a better place.
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Read the article: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/search-engines-generative-ai-revolution
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