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Hard Numbers: Amazon’s AI ambitions, what to use ChatGPT for, energy crisis, Enter Stargate

Anthropic releases the Claude 3 series model, Suqian, Jiangsu province, China, March 5, 2024

Anthropic releases the Claude 3 series model, Suqian, Jiangsu province, China, March 5, 2024

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2.75 billion: Amazon invested an additional $2.75 billion in the AI startup Anthropic, which makes the popular chatbot Claude, brings their total investment to around $4 billion, while Google also has a $2 billion stake in the company. The big tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, with its $13 billion deal with OpenAI, have chosen investments and strategic partnerships instead of buying startups outright. Amazon also announced it’ll spend $150 billion on data centers over the next 15 years to support its AI ambitions.


2: 20% of US adults say they’ve used ChatGPT for work, up from 12% just six months ago, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. But only 2% of Americans surveyed said they’ve used the chatbot to gather information about the country’s upcoming elections—a good sign for people worrying about the immediate impact of AI tools that have a tendency to make stuff up.

4: The electricity used by data centers, cryptocurrency, and artificial intelligence represented nearly 2% of global energy use in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency. That number could double to 4% by 2026 if current trends continue.

100 billion: Microsoft and OpenAI are reportedly teaming up to build data centers along with a supercomputer, nicknamed “Stargate,” to power their artificial intelligence systems. The project, which still has yet to be greenlit, could cost a staggering $100 billion

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