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Ben_Todd comments on 2018 AI Safety Literature Review and Charity Comparison - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Ben_Todd 21 December 2017 10:49:01AM 1 point [-]

Thanks!

Nvidia (who make GPUs used for ML) saw their share price approximately doubl, after quadrupling last year.

Do you have an impression of whether this is due to crypto mining or ML progress?

Comment author: RyanCarey 21 December 2017 11:49:38AM 1 point [-]

Intuitively, it's largely the ML - this is what they brand on, and revenue figures bear this out. Datacenter hardware (e.g. Tesla/Volta) are about 1/5th of their revenue currently, up 5x this year [1]. Whereas crypto is only a few percent of their revenue, and halved this quarter, despite the stock price going up.

  1. http://s22.q4cdn.com/364334381/files/doc_financials/quarterly_reports/2018/Rev_by_Mkt_Qtrly_Trend_Q318.pdf
  2. Crypto is only about ~3% of revenue: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/09/nvidia-crytpocurrency-sales-drop-by-more-than-half-from-prior-quarter.html