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Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations

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A cooling tower at a nuclear power facility.

Nuclear power in the U.S. has faced challenges competing with cheaper options despite a current surge in interest.

Credit: Lauren Petracca/Bloomberg News

Microsoft is looking to tap nuclear power for its artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputing electricity needs.

In hopes of expediting the required paperwork and streamlining the approval process, Microsoft, with help from the nonprofit Terra Praxis, is turning to generative AI, training a large language model (LLM) with U.S. nuclear regulatory and licensing documents.

Terra Praxis' Eric Ingersoll said the number of human hours spent on the approval process could be reduced upwards of 90% with the help of AI.

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