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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman's latest stop on his AI emperor roadshow was in the United Arab Emirates, where he floated the idea of a global consortium of governments and private interests to fund, power, and supply the artificial intelligence industry. According to a report, Altman met several Emirati officials and investors this …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Powering AI

    Cloud services already consume more energy than most countries, or the airline industry, and are projected to emit 5.5% of the world's carbon emissions. Now AI looks to be far far worse. Maybe Altman can ask ChatGPT how to solve this...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Powering AI

      He already gives a hint on how to solve this problem himself by saying:

      "While Altman may not need $7 trillion, he did argue that advancing AI will likely cost more than people think, and would require investment on a global scale."

      Restricting or crippling financing and commercialisation of the tech and the products and services that make use of it as much as possible on a global scale would be a good start, even if I fear it'd be still insufficient to contain the problem.

  2. Jumbotron64
    Big Brother

    We've taken care of everything

    The words you hear, the songs you sing

    The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes

    It's one for all and all for one

    We work together, common sons

    Never need to wonder how or why

    We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx

    Our great computers fill the hallowed halls

    We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx

    All the gifts of life are held within our walls

  3. shazapont

    Bitter taste

    There’s something of the night about this Altman character, that leaves a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. Unlike Michael Howard, Altman is just another of the many excessively immodest people feigning platform confidence, many of whom really need to stop, think, look around, discuss, and so on…

    I could go on and on…

    1. bill coop

      Re: Bitter taste

      He, and Musk for that matter, believe that data and comprehension are the same thing, and have said so many times. The latest chatbot models have algorithms processing bits of chat and then feeding it back, which is great, but it's still a dumb machine. And going too deep with too much data only makes things worse, and is never going to produce any intelligence. If you check out his reading material, it's all business books. He might not have been a conman when he started out, but if he avoids the science, he is now.

  4. Zolko Silver badge

    business model

    I don't understand how all this invested money would repay itself. I do understand Nvidia's business model - they're selling the shovels of this gold rush - but how is OpenAI ever going to earn truckloads of money ? I did try some of these generative things (images and texts), and while sometimes funny the results were invariably useless. Like 100% useless.

    And don't come with Google : their service was useful at the very first day. They drifted away from it but at the beginning it was good, even though I didn't understand their free business model either.

  5. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

    THe UAE ?

    Do they do anything there besides work indians and pakistans half to death ?

    If all the foreigners left they wouldnt even have electricity...

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