Copilot and ChatGPT might be 'old news' — NVIDIA CEO predicts robots are the next phase of AI with self-driving cars and humanoid robots running point

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What you need to know

  • NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang says robots will be the next wave of AI.
  • Huang indicated that self-driving cars and humanoid robots will dominate this category.
  • This happens as NVIDIA recently ranked as the third most valuable company in the world. 
  • The CEO says humanoid robots are the easiest to adapt to the world "because we built the world for us."

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang has had some pretty interesting insights regarding the progression of AI, including the imminent death of coding as a career option for the next generation

While presenting at the Taiwan developer conference, Huang indicated that we might be on the verge of hitting the next wave with AI. The CEO's sentiments indicate we might be transitioning from AI-powered chatbots like Copilot and ChatGPT. Huang had humanoid robots on stage while making his presentation and stated physical AI is the next phase (via Business Insider):

"The next wave of AI is physical AI. AI that understands the laws of physics. AI that can work among us. Everything is going to be robotic. All of the factories will be robotic. The factories will orchestrate robots and those robots will be building products that are robotic."

As you might already know, huge tech corporations hopping onto the AI bandwagon heavily depend on NVIDIA's GPUs for AI advances. Microsoft and OpenAI have invested $100 billion in a new project dubbed Stargate to support their resource-hungry AI advances while simultaneously meeting their high demand for AI chips. 

NVIDIA's software and hardware are broadly used for sophisticated AI advances like the production of humanoid robots. As such, the chipmaker stands to benefit if physical AI and humanoid robots are the next phase for AI in development. 

Huang says self-driving cars and humanoid robots will be among the first and widely adopted robots as we venture into the physical AI phase. Self-driving cars aren't entirely a new phenomenon, especially with the rapid adoption of Tesla. Based on this premise, Huang's predictions could be partly true at the very least. 

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NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang
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Huang's also backed up his humanoid robots reference by indicating:

"The easiest robot to adapt into the world are humanoid robots because we built the world for us. We also have the most amount of data to train these robots than other types of robots because we have the same physique."

NVIDIA is now the third most valuable company in the world, just a few hundred million behind Apple. With AI's rapid prevalence and the increased demand for GPUs, the chipmaker could surpass Apple and go neck and neck with Microsoft.

At the end of last year, NVIDIA ranked as the world's most profitable semiconductor chip brand due to the high demand for GPUs. At the time, its revenue for Q3 2023 stood at $18.12 billion with $10.42 billion in profits, translating to a 206% year-over-year increase.

Kevin Okemwa

Kevin Okemwa is a seasoned tech journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya with lots of experience covering the latest trends and developments in the industry at Windows Central. With a passion for innovation and a keen eye for detail, he has written for leading publications such as OnMSFT, MakeUseOf, and Windows Report, providing insightful analysis and breaking news on everything revolving around the Microsoft ecosystem. You'll also catch him occasionally contributing at iMore about Apple and AI. While AFK and not busy following the ever-emerging trends in tech, you can find him exploring the world or listening to music.