Microsoft, Google and Amazon have been debunked for their partnership with energy companies, according to a new video released bymedia Vox Media. While these companies are touting their environmental policies and commitment stouss to combat climate change, the report notes that they are in fact working to help fossil fuel companies use machine learning and other AI tools to improve their oil extraction techniques. Of the $1.75 billion oil companies already spend on computing technology, some are paid to them.
Microsoft, for example, has announced a partnership with Chevron to form a company to act as Chevron’s main cloud service provider to accelerate the use of advanced technology in oil exploration. Microsoft has also struck a strategic alliance with Suncor Energy, an oil sands company accused of polluting much of the Arctic.
The impact of climate change is a growing concern in Australia and elsewhere as catastrophic fires occur, and environmentalists want energy companies to end fossil fuel extraction. The video suggests that technology companies should not only consider their responsibilities, but also pay close attention to what they intend to do.