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Bengio Urges Canada to Build Public Supercomputer

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Bengio at his home in Outremont, Quebec.

Besides making the case for more public AI infrastructure, Bengio also is redoubling his calls for more democratic oversight and government regulation of the artificial intelligence sector.

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ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Yoshua Bengio is calling on Canada to build a supercomputer available to public entities so they can keep pace with private tech companies in AI development.

Canada currently has five public supercomputer clusters.

Nonprofit Calcul Québec's two supercomputers now give university researchers access to 1,300 GPUs, and Meta expects to have a supercomputer equal to 600,000 GPUs by the end of this year.

"I think government will need to understand at some point, hopefully as soon as possible, that it's important for them to have that muscle," said Bengio.

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