Top 3 tech, startup and sustainability stories of the week – 22nd – 26th April, 2024

AI, Nvidia and the Pope are a part of this week’s top 3 tech stories

1-Sam Altman of OpenAI and tech executives join federal AI safety board

Wall Street Journal reported that Sam Altman, OpenAI’s CEO, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai are joining the government’s Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security Board. These names also joined by Nvidia’s Jensen Huang, Northrop Grumman’s Kathy Warden and Delta’s Ed Bastian, including some more leaders in the tech and AI industries.  AI Safety and Security Board is to advisie the Department of Homeland Security on how it can safely deploy AI within the country’s critical infrastructure, according to WSJ.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas explained WSJ   that the use of AI in critical infrastructure can improve services,  for instance, speed up illness diagnoses or quickly detect anomalies in power plants. (Here is an interview of mine about AI and attorneyship)

Let me note that the Biden administration ordered to establish of an AI safety board last year as part of an executive order focusing on regulation of AI development.

Sam Altman of OpenAI and tech executives join federal AI safety board (Photo: Getty Images)

2- Nvidia to acquire Run:ai for $700M

Nvidia keeps its strategic buying spree, announcing to acquire Run:ai, an Israeli startup that makes AI chips more efficient. It is rumored that Nvidia to pay USD700 million, according to a source close to the matter at TechCrunch.  Actually the original price was USD1 billion.

 Run:ai, is a Kubernetes-based software provider, helping optimize AI apps and workloads on graphics processing units (GPUs). The startup was founded in 2018 by Omri Geller and Ronen Dar, raising USD13 mio in 2019 and subsequently more than $105 million. Run:ai has worked with Nvidia for a couple years and  its products are integrated into DGX, DGX SuperPOD, Base Command, NGC containers and AI Enterprise software — and counts among its customers Sony, Adobe and BNY Mellon.

Jensen Huang, CEO at Nvidia (Photo: Getty Images)

3- Pope to attend G7 summit to discuss AI

Pope Francis to attend this year’s Group of Seven (G7) leaders’ summit to discuss the challenges brought by AI, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said.

I saw this story at Reuters and the G7 Summit will be organized in the southern Italian region of Puglia from June 13 to 15.  “It is the first time in history that a pontiff will take part in the workings of a G7,” Meloni said in a video message.

She emphasized the Pope would join a session dedicated to AI, calling it one of “the greatest anthropological challenges of our time”.

“I am convinced that the presence of his Holiness will give a decisive contribution to drawing up an ethical and cultural regulatory framework to Artificial Intelligence,” she added.

Pope to attend G7 Summit to discuss AI (Photo: Getty Images)

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