Mark Zuckerberg has recently announced his grand vision regarding AI in an Instagram Reels post, making promising developments this 2024. His game plan is a “massive compute infrastructure” to be powered by a whopping arsenal of 350,000 Nvidia H100 graphics cards. Meta would finally have their pass in rapidly forwarding artificial intelligence within their company and with this hardware powerhouse.
The massive scale of this move was also covered in the video by Zuckerberg— mentioning the significance of supercharging AI for chatbots, creators, and businesses which are the centerpieces of his web empire. Incremental progress is not what he is eyeing for, but the goal of simply building general intelligence far beyond what we can imagine. To put it simply, Meta wants to create cutting-edge AI to open-source it responsibly in order to streamline it to the general public.
The exact number of graphics processing units (GPUs) wasn’t exactly revealed by Zuckerberg, Nvidia’s CEO has already pointed out the influx of demand for the H100 by the end of Q1 2023. This bold move, however, will cost limbs with each H100 ranging from $25,000-$30,000 if purchased directly from Nvidia, and $40,000 from eBay. With this ambitious AI venture, it is clear that Meta is up for a substantial investment ranging into billions for the project to become successful.
We are finally getting a glimpse of Meta’s momentum in the AI arms race. FAIR and GenAI show a collective effort in speeding up the progress of this development as the merger of Meta’s major AI research groups. Zuckerberg is making a big move in envisioning a world where general intelligence is open-sourced responsibly, and Meta’s 2024 plans truly give a massive push to the boundaries of AI and its role in general society.