A growing threat to the electricity needs of the digital economy

The widespread uses and benefits of digital technology are one of America’s great untold stories. Few realize that the advanced industrial economy and a high degree of innovation we’ve become accustomed to exist largely due to the use of information communications technologies, which includes everything from smartphones to laptops and digital television, and, most importantly, the vast computer-server farms that make up the backbone of what’s called the wireless “cloud,” the provider of online services such as streaming, cloud gaming, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.

This wireless system undergirds the digital economy, performing countless tasks more quickly and easily, and more precisely and inexpensively, than other technologies. However, the system’s warehouse-scale data centers, which are jam-packed with computers and servers that move and store billions of data, require a large and growing amount of electricity. There are
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