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Nvidia CEO Calls for Sovereign AI Infrastructure, Says AI Costs ‘Negligible’

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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang says every country in the world needs to build and control its own artificial intelligence computing infrastructure, which he referred to as “sovereign AI.”

The executive also told the audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday that people “cannot be terrified by AI.”

“Every country needs to own the production of their own intelligence,” Huang said. “You cannot allow that to be done by other people.”

Sovereign AI, according to the CEO, starts with infrastructure. Huang, who is also Nvidia‘s president and one of its co-founders, argued that every country needs to build AI tools for their own languages that integrate each respective country’s culture. He urged nations to build AI infrastructure centers as fast as possible.

When asked what countries could do to build out their AI futures, Huang claimed that computing power has already been democratized and is no longer expensive. He advised developing nations to build AI infrastructure as well.

“The cost of building a supercomputer today is really negligible,” Huang said during the talk.

When it comes to AI regulation, the executive admitted its importance but emphasized that AI should be regulated just like other existing technology, adding that existing rules need to be expanded to encompass AI tools and considerations.

It’s worth noting that Nvidia, as a computer hardware and AI-forward company, stands to profit immensely from a spike in AI data computing centers if AI computing increased globally. The US company has already seen its stock price soar to all-time highs in the past year, and currently has an estimated total market cap of $1.78 trillion.

But concerns have already been raised about an AI infrastructure boom’s energy use, its impact on electrical grids, and use of energy sources like diesel and coal, with research suggesting that AI could soon use as much energy as an entire country.

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