March 7th, 2022

Deep learning is changing the human experience but there is a battle raging for control of the underlying infrastructure.

Meta, the company behind Facebook, recently revealed its own AI supercomputer, a cluster of approximately 6,000 GPUs. This makes it the ~5th fastest supercomputer in the world and underscores their ambition to own the infrastructure on which the world’s artificial intelligence is developed.

As we’ve seen in the past decade, what’s good for Meta and other oligopolists generally hasn’t been good for us; the ease of use of their products typically trades off against price gouging and censorship/anti-competitive behaviour.

Thus far, most of the fight against Big Tech centralisation has been on age-old issues, principally, freedom of speech. In the coming decades, as AI becomes intractably integrated into society, a more fundamental concern will arise: freedom of compute.