AI means that everyone can now be a coder, says the CEO of Nvidia.
Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia Corp, said on Monday that the end of the “digital divide” means that anyone can now be a computer programmer. All they have to do is talk to the computer.
As a major seller of chips and computer systems for artificial intelligence, Nvidia has grown to become the most valuable publicly traded semiconductor company in the world.
Last week, the company said that its sales for the second quarter would be more than 50% higher than what Wall Street had predicted. It also said that it was increasing production to meet the growing demand for its artificial intelligence chips, which are used to power ChatGPT and many other services.
Huang told thousands of people at the Computex forum in Taipei that AI was leading a revolution in computing. Huang was born in southern Taiwan, but his family moved to the United States when he was a kid.
During a speech, he said, “There’s no question that we’re in a new era of computing.” Sometimes, he used words in Mandarin or Taiwanese, which made the crowd happy.
“In every computer era, you could do different things that weren’t possible before, and AI is no exception,” Huang said.
“The barrier to writing is very low. We have closed the gap in technology. “Everyone can programme now; all you have to do is tell the computer what to do,” he said.
“The rate of progress is rising so quickly because it is so easy to use. Almost every business will be affected by this.”
Chips made by Nvidia have helped companies like Microsoft Corp add chat functions to search engines like Bing that make them seem more like real people.
Huang showed what AI could do. For example, with just a few words of guidance, he got a programme to write a short pop song praising Nvidia.
He showed off a number of new applications, including a partnership with WPP, the biggest advertising company in the world, to use AI to create content for digital ads.
Nvidia has been struggling to keep up with the demand for its AI chips. Last week, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc TSLA.O, who is said to be building an AI startup, told a reporter that the graphics processing units (GPUs) are “considerably harder to get than drugs.”