UII UPDATE 198 | Q2 2023
Intelligence Update

AI will have a limited role in data centers — for now

The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has captured the public’s imaginations, and now barely a week goes by without reports of another breakthrough. Among the many, sometimes dramatic predictions made by experts and non-experts alike is the potential elimination of some, or even many, jobs.

These expectations are partly — but only partly — mirrored in the data center industry: a quarter of respondents to the 2023 Uptime Institute annual data center survey believe that AI will reduce their data center operations staffing levels within the next five years. A much larger group, however, are more cautious, with nearly half believing that jobs will only be displaced over a longer period of time.

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