Energy Breakthrough Crucial For Future AI: OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

Altman noted that the power consumption of AI is anticipated to far exceed initial estimates, posing a challenge that necessitates innovative solutions

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman underscored the imperative need for a breakthrough in energy technology to meet the escalating power requirements of future artificial intelligence (AI), in a recent statement at a Bloomberg event during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Altman noted that the power consumption of AI is anticipated to far exceed initial estimates, posing a challenge that necessitates innovative solutions. Highlighting potential avenues for sustainable energy, Altman emphasized the importance of climate-friendly sources, particularly nuclear fusion, along with more cost-effective solar power and storage options.

He asserted that these advancements are crucial for the continued growth of AI and that breakthroughs in these areas are essential. Altman’s optimism lies in the motivation to invest further in nuclear fusion, stating that achieving the required energy levels for AI is impossible without such advancements.

Interestingly, Altman personally invested a substantial USD 375 million in Helion Energy, a private US nuclear fusion company. Helion Energy has subsequently inked a deal to supply energy to Microsoft in the coming years. Microsoft, as OpenAI’s primary financial supporter, plays a pivotal role in providing computing resources for AI research.

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