A Perry World House Student Fellows Policy Project
Chip technology and hardware advances are the foundational basis for advancements in AI.
There is a diverse array of chip technology and types that have contributed to the flowering in AI. In particular, GPUs made by NVIDIA have been making huge improvements over the long-existing CPU-driven computing stack.
CPUs (Computer Processing Units)
GPUs (Graphics Processing Units)
GPUs have flowered since they enable more parallel computation than CPUs. This parallel computation is key to processing the vast number of inputs AI systems need to receive.
While GPUs have been remarkably successful in a short time frame, they were not originally built with the advances of AI in mind--they were made for gaming!