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Search Engines' Dirty Secret

Science & Tech  (tags: energy, search engines, laws of thermodynamics, electrons, CO2 )

- 3270 days ago -
The term search "engine" is apt. Searches are powered by millions of computers packed into warehouses, all wired together to function as a single system. Like any system, it obeys the laws of thermodynamics, and therefore wastes energy.


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Anne F (17)
Wednesday April 7, 2010, 1:33 pm
Well, yes the servers for searching take power and create heat, so do all the connections we make. Watching video or sending email has these same costs.

Eric Gilmartin (361)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 4:10 pm
Yeah, it figures. All this computing power has to come from somewhere, from some fuel source. Guess most of us don't think hard enough about the real costs, in terms of pollution, of the energy required to keep our information superhighways humming smoothly along. Thanks for posting.

Jane L (0)
Thursday April 8, 2010, 4:22 pm
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