Shanghai AI startup founded by ex-Microsoft engineers bets on ‘scaling law’ to boost AI capabilities

Chinese AI startups face the common challenge of restricted access to the most advanced AI chips from US supplier Nvidia. — SCMP

A Shanghai-based artificial intelligence (AI) startup, founded a year ago by a former vice-president at Microsoft, is betting on so-called “scaling law” to enhance its AI capabilities, despite the difficulties in obtaining advanced chips, an executive said.

China’s demand for higher computing power will be never ending amid the generative AI boom, Zhu Yibo, head of systems at AI startup StepFun, or Jieyue Xingchen in Chinese, said at a media briefing in Shanghai on Thursday. “Computing power, systems, data, and algorithms are the cores in the pursuit of the scaling law,” he added.

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