The major players in artificial intelligence (OpenAI, Microsoft, Google, etc.) are learning that it takes a lot of power and resources to deliver the level of AI that has taken over the world ever since OpenAI’s ChatGPT first took everyone by surprise. This is leading to questions surrounding how these companies are going to continue offering these services without going belly up.
Recently, Dave Limp (Amazon SVP of devices and services, who is moving on to take on the role of CEO for Blue Origin) explained that the company would eventually have to start charging a subscription fee to provide advanced AI-driven features within Alexa at some point. Basic Alexa access will continue to be free, but the company would have to show a profit in order to take advantage of strong AI-driven capabilities (eventually).
Similar growing pains are felt by all of these companies. So much so that Microsoft is looking for an expert in nuclear technologies in order to help power its AI efforts with small nuclear reactors. You can find the job posting for “Principal Program Manager Nuclear Technology” here on Microsoft’s website.
The company may actually be powering its data centers using nuclear energy (assuming activists don’t shut everything down before it can pull it off). This would drive its efforts for cleaner energy forward while also providing enough power to cover its continuously growing AI and cloud technologies.