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Google backs off on AI for oil and gas extraction

4 months 2 days 15 hours ago Tuesday, May 19 2020 May 19, 2020 May 19, 2020 11:15 AM May 19, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MATT O'BRIEN
AP Technology Writer

Google says it will no longer build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, separating itself from cloud computing rivals Microsoft and Amazon. The announcement followed a Greenpeace report Tuesday documenting how the three tech giants are using AI and computing power to help oil companies find and access oil and gas deposits in the U.S. and around the world. The environmentalist group says Amazon, Microsoft and Google have been undermining their own climate change pledges by partnering with major oil companies including Shell, BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil that have looked for new technology to get more oil and gas out of the ground. But the group applauded Google on Tuesday for taking a step away from those deals.

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