Microsoft plans to build one of the world’s most powerful AI supercomputers

Two of the world's biggest tech giants are joining forces to build a powerful 'AI supercomputer'⁠—which could transform technology as we know it.

Microsoft and Nvidia have announced a 'multi-year collaboration' to create the machine, which will be used to accelerate advances in artificial intelligence and generative AI.

What this means is that the 'state-of-the-art' supercomputer will be used to teach AI to create new code, text, video, audio, and digital images.

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This means algorithm models like the art-generating DALL-E could become even more convincing and realistic, with the line between fact and fiction becoming even more blurred.

Manuvir Das, Nvidia's VP of enterprise computing, said: "AI technology advances as well as industry adoption are accelerating. The breakthrough of foundation models has triggered a tidal wave of research, fostered new startups and enabled new enterprise applications."

"Our collaboration with Microsoft will provide researchers and companies with state-of-the-art AI infrastructure and software to capitalize on the transformative power of AI."

It ultimately means that large businesses and corporations will have access to unbelievably powerful artificial intelligence through Microsoft's Azure platform. What they'll do with these tools is anyone's guess.

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The use of so-called 'artificial intelligence' has grown more widespread in recent years.

The kind of generative AI being discussed by NVIDIA and Microsoft is increasingly popular, with more and more 'deepfake' imagery being generated online.

A recent 'deepfake challenge' asked viewers to compare footage of actresses Elizabeth Olsen and Scarlett Johansson to try and guess which was a deepfake.

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to create convincing fake images or videos of real people, in order to make them say or do things that the real person never did.


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