OUR future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by AI. Existing industries like healthcare and manufacturing will become more efficient; new ones like augmented reality goggles and robot taxis will become possible.
But as the tech industry busies itself with building out this brave new artificially intelligent, and profit boosting, world, it’s hitting a speed bump: Computers aren’t powerful and efficient enough at the specific kind of math needed. While most attention to the AI boom is understandably focused on the latest exploits of algorithms beating humans at poker or piloting juggernauts, there’s a less obvious scramble going on to build a new breed of computer chip needed to power our AI future.
One datapoint that shows how great that need is: Google and Microsoft have the messy task of creating their own chips.