The Vast Ambition of OpenAI Cofounder Sam Altman: Funding a $7 Trillion AI Chip Project
OpenAI cofounder Sam Altman is seeking to raise an enormous $7 trillion for a new AI chip project, a figure that dwarfs the entire federal budget and global chip sales. Already in discussions with potential investors, including the UAE government, Altman’s ambitious proposal has sparked debate and criticism.
In response to the proposed $7 trillion fundraising, critics have voiced concerns about the potential impact on natural resources, the labor market, misinformation, and cybercrimes. There are also questions about whether large language models are the only path to securing our collective future, and whether it makes sense to concentrate so much investment in AI.
It’s a polarizing vision that has prompted lively discussions in the tech community, with some arguing that the risk of a premature commitment to AI looms large. The debate raises fundamental questions about the future of AI and its implications for society.
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