‘Sampling The Future’ | Unclear, Virtual Cloud
In terms of our virtual storage, what do you picture when you think of the ‘cloud’? Unclear Cloud — a speculative piece of architecture by Roland Snooks, Associate Professor at RMIT University — is a visual representation of the virtual cloud!
Cloud computing consumes around 1,963 billion kWh and creates 1,034 megatonnes of CO2 emissions. In the U.S, it’s responsible for around 1.8% of electricity consumption. Typically, most of this electricity is used to power the data centres that our data is stored in.
This stunning display by artist Phillip Samartzi attempts to make the intangible, tangible; showing the very real (and growing) environmental impacts of the virtual ‘cloud’. That’s why the jagged structure is accompanied by glaciers melting.