Microsoft uses AI to speed up small nuclear reactor approvals for AI training data centers

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Microsoft is partnering with nonprofit Terra Praxis to train an AI to generate the necessary paperwork for regulatory approval of next-gen nuclear reactors. These reactors are intended to power Microsoft’s data centers, which handle the substantial processing power required by generative AIs like OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The approval process for small modular reactors (SMRs), Microsoft’s chosen nuclear energy source, is costly and complex. Terra Praxis co-CEO Eric Ingersoll believes the AI could reduce the human hours needed for SMR approval by 90%. The AI will be trained to generate highly structured documents based on existing ones, but won’t generate any of the data within them.

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Max is managing editor at THE DECODER. As a trained philosopher, he deals with consciousness, AI, and the question of whether machines can really think or just pretend to.

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