Sam Altman, the Chief Executive of OpenAI, wants to build a network of fabrication plants to manufacture advanced AI chips. Altman has previously said that the AI chip supply is precariously low for OpenAI’s needs. Altman wants to ensure a supply of AI processing chips till the next decade.
The project would see chip manufacturers and work alongside the capital-intensive side of chip manufacturing. Altman is speaking to investors, such as G42, an Abu Dhabi-based AI investment group, to get things started. G42 already has a partnership with OpenAI as well as with Microsoft, OpenAI’s biggest backer. Altman has reportedly held talks with the world’s biggest chip manufacturer, TSMC, to manufacture AI chips.
OpenAI is spearheading AI innovation with Chat GPT and pioneering chip manufacturing
The company’s release of ChatGPT in November 2022 has rapidly accelerated interest in generative AI, with the tool capable of interacting conversationally and answering follow-up questions. It can be used to answer questions in great detail, write scripts and songs, tell jokes and offer advice.
In January 2023, Microsoft announced a multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI, intended to accelerate AI breakthroughs. Continuing its commitment to transformative innovation, the company launched GPT-4, the latest iteration in its deep learning model, in March of the same year.
OpenAI came in 10th place in AI magazine’s ‘Top 100 Companies in Technology for 2023’.
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Now, Altman is looking to secure OpenAI’s future, by designing, manufacturing and supplying its own chips, with a network of fabrication plants to manufacture them.
Putting AI technology in the hands of the people
Altman recently spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he was questioned about AI during a panel discussion on ‘Technology in a Turbulent World’. He recognised the importance that AI already plays in our lives. For example, in the manufacturing sector, AI can complete mundane or dangerous tasks quickly, freeing up human manufacturers to get on with safer and more hands-on jobs.
However, Altman stressed that he could understand why some people, even manufacturers, were nervous about AI’s impact on humanity.
“I have a lot of empathy for the general nervousness and discomfort of the world towards companies like us... We have our own nervousness, but we believe that we can manage through it and the only way to do that is to put the technology in the hands of people. Let society and the technology co-evolve and sort of step by step with a very tight feedback loop and course correction, build these systems that deliver tremendous value while meeting safety requirements."
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