In 2011, Marc Andreessen said, “software is eating the world.” And in the last year, we’ve seen a new wave of generative AI, with some apps becoming some of the most swiftly adopted software products of all time. So if software is becoming more important than ever, hardware is following suit.
In this episode – the first in our three-part series – we explore the terminology and technology that is now the backbone of the AI models taking the world by storm. We’ll explore what GPUs are, how they work, the key players like Nvidia competing for chip dominance, and also… whether Moore’s Law is dead?
00:00 – AI terminology and technology
03:44 – Chips, semiconductors, servers, and compute
04:48 – CPUs and GPUs
06:07 – Future architecture and performance
07:01 – The hardware ecosystem
09:05 – Software optimizations
12:23 – What do we expect for the future?
14:35 – Upcoming episodes on market and cost
The a16z Podcast discusses the most important ideas within technology with the people building it. Each episode aims to put listeners ahead of the curve, covering topics like AI, energy, genomics, space, and more.