Bored With the Metaverse, Zuckerberg Spending Billions on AI Chips

Meta Verzuz Now that he’s all but abandoned his capital-M Metaverse, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s pivot to artificial intelligence is in the spotlight — and it’s gonna be hella expensive. In a post on Instagram — which Meta also owns — Zuckerberg laid out the social giant’s “future roadmap,” which includes building out its “massive compute infrastructure” with the help of a whopping 350,000 of Nvidia’s mega-expensive AI chips. Although companies like OpenAI and its benefactor Microsoft have become the public face of the AI revolution, none of this would be possible without Nvidia’s high-end chips, which power the large language models (LLMs) undergirding software like ChatGPT. On average, a single Nvidia H100 chip sells for roughly $30,000, which means that Meta may end up spending upwards of  $10.5 billion to purchase hundreds of thousands of them. But wait, there’s more! Alongside those 350K Nvidia H100s — an incredible moonshot given that Nvidia was projected to sell just 550,000 of the chips total last year — Zuckerberg said that he also plans to purchase “almost 600k H100 equivalents,” and there’s no telling how many billions of dollars those will cost. General Intelligence Rather than just looking to build the next ChatGPT, the fad-chasing CEO indicated that he’ll be using all those chips to power his efforts at building artificial general intelligence (AGI), the favored term used by Silicon Valley bigshots to describe the hypothetical future point at which AI reaches human-level intelligence. While not all experts are convinced the current…Bored With the Metaverse, Zuckerberg Spending Billions on AI Chips

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