"We talk about iPhones as these miracles of miniaturization, but that's only partly true because most of what the iPhone does is actually outsource to vast server farms that are cooled by river systems. So the phone is a bit like a technological virus that heats up the world in order that you can keep this cool piece of glass in your pocket.
Timothy Morton, the philosopher of ecology calls it a hyper-object. It's an object that only partly lives in the dimension of your immediate experience, most of which is out of sight. And as computing trends move towards outsourcing computation, they're becoming more and more viral."
~ David Krakauer (https://complexity.simplecast.com/episodes/32-_uteooZD)
"The immensity and environmental costliness of server farms are undeniably bad optics, especially for an industry so committed to a vision of self that rests in futurity, promoting a high-tech potential that has nothing to do with the industrial revolution (and all of the pollution and disaffective labor of that era). Instead, the rhetoric of the internet, and especially storage on the internet, is that of a light, ephemeral place that requires neither work nor coal nor landscape to hold itself up. It is supposed to be a cloud.
Such a premise allows the internet to exist as an other-space that while physically extant is conceptually not beholden to the requisite laws of physics that demand energy to be consumed, or work to be done, for it to function."
~ everest pipkin (https://medium.com/s/story/it-was-raining-in-the-data-center-9e1525c37cc3)