OpenAI, the leading company in the field of generative artificial intelligence and mother of the well-known chatbot ChatGPT, has a new goal that is decidedly an understatement: it wants to raise up to $7,000 billion from investors to fund a revolutionary technology initiative.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on it, according to which CEO Sam Altman would be in discussions with various investors, including the government of the United Arab Emirates, to finance a project that aims to increase the global production capacity of chips dedicated to artificial intelligence, currently lacking and enhance infrastructure for AI, including energy grids and data centers. The ultimate goal is to accelerate the development of generative AI and overcome current limitations.
However, the project presents some challenges, considering the scale of the figure: $7 trillion would represent more money than the entire turnover of the semiconductor industry and greater than the combined market capitalization of Microsoft (which recently reached the value of $3 trillion) and Apple. This would be a collection of investments that is unprecedented in history
The difficulties of such an operation would also be impervious logistically speaking. Involving different actors, including investors, chip manufacturers, energy companies, etc., would require high management complexity, so there is a lot of skepticism towards this initiative at present.
On the contrary, OpenAI has been confident and emphasizes the importance of the project to national interests, while assuring that it will keep the U.S. government informed. According to the source, Altman has already met with important representatives such as Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, Masayoshi Son of SoftBank and some representatives of TSMC, a world leader in chip production. Microsoft, an investor in OpenAI, is also said to be aware of the project, and Altman has apparently discussed his plans with CEO Satya Nadella and CTO Kevin Scott.
The future of this ambitious initiative is still uncertain, but it could have a significant impact on the development of artificial intelligence and in taking the segment to a completely new and difficult to imagine level. It remains to be seen whether OpenAI will be able to raise the necessary funds and overcome the logistical challenges to bring its project to fruition.
In the meantime, OpenAI is demonstrating a concrete commitment to countering the spread of false information related to the use of AI technologies. He let it be known that watermarks are coming in DALL-E 3, i.e. digital markings, invisible to the human eye but recognizable by specific software, which will be inserted into the metadata of images generated by artificial intelligence and will help verify their origin and authenticity.