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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Dell recognizes India’s desire for sovereign AI, says it’s an attractive market | Technology news

India’s efforts to build its own AI playbook and ambitions to make a significant impact in the field of artificial intelligence have caught the attention of Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies. The billionaire CEO behind one of the world’s largest IT companies and a leading PC vendor says India’s strong economy, availability of tech talent and drive to lead in AI make the country an attractive market for a company like Dell.

“India has talent and is a great resource for Dell and many other companies, but there is a desire for sovereign AI,” he told indianexpress.com during a roundtable discussion at the Dell Technologies World event, which kicked off in Las Vegas on Monday .

On the global stage, New Delhi has emerged as a leader in artificial intelligence, aiming not only to compete with generative AI models created by big tech companies, but also to create its own AI ecosystem. However, this requires building the AI ​​computing infrastructure from scratch, in addition to cultivating AI talent and developing and deploying native large language models. Building a highly scalable AI computing infrastructure with the latest generation of GPUs may not be cheap. With the Union Cabinet recently approving a national-level India Artificial Intelligence mission with a budget of Rs 10,371.92 crore, doors are opened to build AI computing infrastructure and boost the local AI ecosystem through public and private partnerships.

dell technologies, AI, Indian Express Dell partners with Nvidia to accelerate AI integration in enterprises. (Express photo)

India joins Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the global race to shape the future of AI technology. Interest in AI has skyrocketed since ChatGPT, a large-language model developed by Microsoft-backed startup OpenAI, became a viral sensation when it was released in November 2022. With fierce competition from the big Silicon Valley companies and AI nationalism at an all-time high. , Indian startups are now developing their own models.

At the event in Vegas, Dell announced significant steps in the adoption of artificial intelligence across industries and highlighted how the technology can benefit enterprises. It introduced an AI factory to accelerate enterprise AI integration, in partnership with Nvidia. As Dell and Nvidia describe it, an AI Factory is an intelligent bundling of the components needed to deploy AI solutions quickly and painlessly.

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“We are moving from computational to cognition to the age of AI. It took years before we ran electricity through buildings, and an automated way of performing tasks was the goal to build machines that could be plugged into the wall. That’s about where we are now with AI,” said Dell, addressing a packed room of partners.

The writer is attending the Dell Technologies World event in Las Vegas at the invitation of Dell India.