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With $1 Trillion in Future Investment, 'dot AI' May Be the 'Biggest Bubble', Cautions CEO of AI Company

Mostaque further asserted that companies failing to effectively utilize AI in their operations would be "punished" by the stock market.
UPDATED AUG 24, 2023
Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Lintao Zhang
Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Lintao Zhang

The CEO of open-source AI company Stability AI, Emad Mostaque has made a striking claim, asserting that artificial intelligence (AI) is on the verge of creating the most substantial bubble in history. Speaking during a call with UBS analysts, Mostaque highlighted the early stages of AI development and cautioned against its premature mass-scale adoption in industries such as banking, reports CNBC. His remarks shed light on the anticipated surge in AI investment, prompting a closer examination of Mostaque's insights and their potential implications for the future of AI.

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Mostaque refers to the upcoming surge in AI investment as the 'dot AI' bubble, suggesting that it hasn't even started yet. Despite the technology's prevalence in various applications, including online browsing, social media platforms, and home assistants, generative AI has emerged as a more recent and captivating form. Tools such as OpenAI's AI chatbot ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Microsoft Bing Chat as well as image generators like Dall-E, Stable Diffusion, and Midjourney have piqued the interest of many due to their ability to produce humanlike language and visual content from scratch. 

There is a significant presence of AI in diverse sectors, including medicine, transportation, robotics, science, education, finance, defense, and more. However, the focus shifts to generative AI which has garnered attention for its creative capabilities.

Stable Diffusion developed by Stability AI is highlighted as one of the popular generative AI tools alongside OpenAI's ChatGPT. With over a million users and substantial funding, Stable Diffusion allows users to generate photo-realistic images by inputting text.

Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Leon Neal
Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Leon Neal

Mostaque predicts that the total investment required for AI would likely exceed $1 trillion. He argued that AI's significance as infrastructure for knowledge surpasses even that of 5G technology. In his view, banks such as UBS would have to adopt AI due to the immense market it represents. However, he tempered this outlook by stating that AI is still in its "early stages" of development. "It's not quite ready," Mostaque admitted, referring to large industries like financial services. He acknowledged the value of AI but cautioned that its mass-scale deployment would require further development.

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Image Source: Tara Winstead/Pexels

Mostaque further asserted that companies failing to effectively utilize AI in their operations would be "punished" by the stock market. He gave reference to a recent incident involving Google which experienced a $100 billion loss in market value in a single day due to inaccuracies in a promotional video featuring its Bard AI chatbot. The fierce competition between Google and Microsoft to develop superior AI tools was also emphasized. "This will be one of the biggest investment themes over the next few years," Mostaque concluded, underlining the significance of AI in shaping future investment strategies.

Mostaque concluded by stating that AI will be one of the most significant investment themes in the coming years. He anticipates a shift in investment focus from chip manufacturers to companies leveraging AI to impact their bottom line. Those who fail to harness AI's potential may face repercussions in the market. As AI continues to evolve and gain traction, its influence across various industries is expected to reshape business landscapes and investment strategies.


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