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Jensen Huang on AI: Everybody in the World is Now a Programmer

February 12, 2024

The president of NVIDIA,  Jensen Huang said on Monday that countries must build their artificial intelligence infrastructure to take advantage of the economic potential while protecting their own culture.

“The rest of it is really up to you to take the initiative, activate your industry, build the infrastructure, as fast as you can, so that researchers, companies, your governments can take advantage of this infrastructure to go and create your own AI,” Huang said during an interview with the UAE’s Minister of AI, Omar al-Olama at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

He said that AI is a technology that countries can’t afford to be “mystified or terrified by.”

“This industrial revolution is about the production of intelligence, and every country needs to own the production of their intelligence, which is the reason why there’s this idea called Sovereign AI,” Huang explained.

“It’s going to sound completely the opposite of what people feel. Over the course of the last 10 or 15 years, almost everybody who sits on a stage like this will tell you it is vital that your children learn computer science and that everybody should learn how to program. It’s exactly the opposite. It is our job to create computing technology that nobody has to program and that the programming language is human,” he said.

“Everybody in the world is now a programmer. This is the miracle of AI. For the very first time, the technology divide has been completely closed. To engage with AI is a lot easier now than at any time in the history of computing,” he added.

“We’re at the beginning of this new era. There’s about a trillion dollars’ worth of installed base of data centers. Over the course of the next four or five years, we’ll have $2 trillion worth of data centers that will be powering software around the world,” he said.

Huang expects that advances in the technology will be below the $7 trillion that Open AI CEO Sam Altman forecasts.

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