Your Netflix Binging Is Hurting The Planet

Your Netflix Binging Is Hurting The Planet

You put that soda can into the recycling bin.  You’ve bought an electric car.  Or maybe you’ve taken it as far as riding your bike to work on certain days.  Whatever you do, you’re trying to leave a small carbon footprint on this earth.  But if you’re going home at night, and binge watching, you’re still part of the problem.

Data Centers, the place where companies like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc… store their videos, will consume more electricity an the entire state of New York.  The carbon footprint of theses data centers are on the rise.  They are reportedly growing by 10% a year, mostly due to the high demand of video streaming.  Netflix is estimated to use 37% of the US’s bandwidth during peak hours.

Think you’re still an environmentalist?

If you’re like me, you’re hooked on shows like Walking Dead, Orange is The New Black, and Vikings.  It doesn’t look like the trend is going to end anytime soon.  Luckily researchers from  University of California-Berkeley, MIT and the University of Colorado have come up with a computer chip that promises to decrease carbon emissions AND increase productivity.  Researchers describe an electric-photonic chip that uses light to transmit information.  And nothings faster than the speed of light.

Don’t think you’re in the safe zone yet.  There is still the issue of integrating this new chip with the way computers work already.  It isn’t as simple as switching out a part.  But researchers were able to incorporate optic manufacturing into existing productivity is revolutionary.  That means these hybrid computers can be manufactured cheaply and get into data centers sooner, rather than later.  It’s likely we will see these speeds in sensors, vehicles, smartphones, and laptops.

“Imagine if you didn’t have to plug your computer in for a week” Vivien says “This could be very powerful”


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