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Could the Internet be Driven by Climate-friendly 'Natural Intelligence'?


Solar exposure at each node of the Solar Protocol project.

Credit: Tega Brain, Benedetta Piantella

The Solar Protocol project developed by New York University Tandon School of Engineering (NYU Tandon) researchers aims to highlight the impact, in terms of global emissions, of the Internet, the devices and systems that use it, and the servers that support it, as well as offering a potential solution for delivering climate-friendly Internet traffic coordination.

Winner of the Mozilla Creative Media Award, the project is a Web platform hosted across a global network of solar-powered servers, which directs online traffic based on the sun's influence on daily behaviors, seasonal activities, and decision-making.

The network routes traffic to wherever the sun is shining by factoring in the location of servers in different time zones and seasons, with different sun exposure and weather systems.

From NYU Tandon School of Engineering
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