What role do data centers play in an urban energy smart future?

Let's be honest: Data centers are massive power hogs, can take up a lot of space, use a lot of water, and produce tons of heat. Those may sound like bad things, but they also can be seen as opportunities - data centers have pioneered renewable energy purchases, their UPS systems can be used to protect the grid, and their waste heat can be used to warm everything from greenhouses to swimming pools. Plus, for a smart future full of sensors and AI systems, we will need data centers to operate as the brains of the whole operation. The future will be one of large data centers and larger cities - let's make sure they work together.