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Jensen Huang And Nvidia: Riding High On AI, But For How Long?

Published 22/06/2024, 17:55
© Reuters Jensen Huang And Nvidia: Riding High On AI, But For How Long?

Benzinga - by Bibhu Pattnaik, Benzinga Staff Writer.

In a historic moment for Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), CEO Jensen Huang, aged 61, witnessed his company momentarily eclipse Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) as the most valuable company globally, boasting a market valuation of $3.34 trillion.

What Happened: This pinnacle achievement marks a significant milestone for Nvidia, which had previously teetered on the edge of bankruptcy during the 1990s. Despite its spot behind Microsoft, with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) close on its heels, Nvidia’s brief tenure at the top underscores its dramatic transformation from a specialized graphics card manufacturer to a pivotal player in the generative AI surge, reported Business Insider.

Driven by soaring demand for its GPUs by major tech firms such as Meta, Google, and OpenAI, Nvidia has become integral to the development of advanced AI technologies. The company’s first fiscal quarter results reflected this surge in demand, with record-breaking revenues of $26 billion, a year-over-year increase of 262%.

The enthusiastic market response to Nvidia’s growth mirrors the dot-com era’s fervor, propelling the company’s valuation far beyond the $400 billion mark noted in January 2023, to rival the collective worth of the UK’s top 100 companies.

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Amidst this excitement, analysts, including Dan Ives from Wedbush, suggest that Nvidia’s ascent is far from over. Ives, referring to Huang as the “Godfather of AI,” said in a research note that “the AI party is just getting started as its 9 p.m. in a party going till 4 a.m. with the rest of the tech world now joining.”

At a recent event in Taipei, Huang himself predicted a transformative future driven by AI and accelerated computing, announcing Nvidia’s ambitious plan to annually release upgraded chips to further this cause, the outlet reported.

Despite Nvidia’s promising outlook, the longevity of the generative AI boom, which significantly impacts its business, remains uncertain. Notably, industry leaders have begun acknowledging the imperfections in current AI technologies, including Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who recently highlighted the fallibility of Apple’s new AI-driven product suite.

Why It Matters: As debates around the potential and limitations of large language models and their ability to achieve artificial general intelligence continue, Nvidia’s stake in the future of AI remains significant.

The company’s prospects are tightly intertwined with the industry’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what AI can achieve.

Any significant shift in AI strategy could potentially affect the demand for Nvidia’s chips, thereby impacting its market position and valuation.

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This content was partially produced with the help of AI tools and was reviewed and published by Benzinga editors.

Photo: Flickr/ Hillel Steinberg

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