Elon Musk announces Supercomputer “Gigafactory of Compute” for AI startup xAI

Tech mogul Elon Musk has announced ambitious plans to build a massive supercomputer, termed the “gigafactory of compute,” to support his artificial intelligence startup, xAI.

| Updated: 27 May, 2024 2:21 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Tech mogul Elon Musk has announced ambitious plans to build a massive supercomputer, termed the “gigafactory of compute,” to support his artificial intelligence startup, xAI. According to a report by The Information on Saturday, Musk aims to have this supercomputer operational by the fall of 2025, integrating 100,000 Nvidia chips.

In a recent presentation to investors, Musk emphasized his personal commitment to the project’s timely completion. He highlighted that the proposed supercomputer would be “at least four times the size of the largest GPU clusters currently in existence,” including those used by tech giant Meta for AI model training.

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The AI field has become increasingly competitive since the launch of OpenAI’s generative AI tool, ChatGPT, in 2022. Major players like Microsoft, Google, Meta, and startups such as Anthropic and Stability AI are all vying for dominance in the sector. Musk’s financial resources position him as one of the few capable of challenging AI powerhouses like OpenAI, Google, and Meta.

xAI is currently developing Grok, a chatbot designed to access real-time information from X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, which Musk also owns. This integration aims to provide users with a more dynamic and up-to-date AI experience.

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Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but left the organization in 2018, later expressing discomfort with its shift towards profit under CEO Sam Altman’s leadership. In March, Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, alleging that it had deviated from its original non-profit mission of making AI research universally accessible. OpenAI has dismissed Musk’s lawsuit and his calls for open-source development as mere dissatisfaction following his departure from the company.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident that has captured public attention, Musk made a playful yet cryptic remark during an interview at the Viva Tech event. When the host jokingly suggested that some people believe Musk might be an alien, he responded affirmatively with a straight face, sparking both amusement and curiosity. “I am an alien,” Musk stated, adding with a touch of mischief, “Yes, I keep telling people I’m an alien, but nobody believes me.”

The host, entertained by Musk’s response, declared that Musk’s secret was out. Musk further promised to share proof of his extraterrestrial origins on social media, leaving audiences buzzing with anticipation.

Elon Musk’s latest ventures, from the groundbreaking “gigafactory of compute” to his enigmatic public persona, continue to captivate the public and industry alike. As Musk forges ahead with xAI and its supercomputer project, the tech world watches closely, anticipating the impact of these developments on the future of artificial intelligence.

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