Saudi Arabia and the UAE are fiercely competitive in purchasing Nvidia’s high-performance chips, which are key to building artificial intelligence systems. This measure comes within the framework of a global race to control the field of artificial intelligence, especially in light of the severe shortage of these chips worldwide.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have announced their intention to become among the pioneers in the artificial intelligence sector, with plans to use the technology to boost their economic development. However, the purchase of these chips on this scale has raised concerns about the unethical use of this technology by the leaders of these oil-rich countries.
According to reports, Saudi Arabia has purchased at least 3,000 Nvidia H100 chipsets through the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The chips, valued at $40,000 apiece, have been described as the world’s first specifically designed for generative AI.