The race for A.I. is not just about software, it’s about hardware too. As explained earlier running software that ‘learns’ requires a different architecture than traditional software. Many companies (including Intel) are trying to become the “Intel inside” of A.I.
1. A new hope
Chris Malachowsky (co-founder of Nvidia) was one of the first to see the nascent market for so-called graphics processor units, or GPUs. These chips, typically sold as cards that video gamers plug into a PC’s motherboard, provide ultrafast 3-D graphics. Marketed under testosterone-drenched labels like “GeForce GTX 1080,” these cards can cost up to $1,200, and two decades later they still produce more than half of Nvidia’s $5 billion in revenues.
And it’s not just the gaming industry that is craving for GPU’s. According to Forbes, there are an estimated 3,000 AI startups worldwide, and many of them are building on Nvidia’s platform. They’re using Nvidia’s GPUs to put AI into apps for trading stocks, shopping online and navigating drones. Read More
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