The AI Race: Are We Ready for the Future?

by Chuck Dyer - June 11, 2024

For the first article in our new series "The AI Race", I want to talk to you about something that's on everyone's mind these days: Artificial Intelligence (AI). We've all heard the buzz about AI and how it's transforming industries, but what's really happening behind the scenes? Let's dive into the AI race and the future predictions that every business professional should be aware of.

The AI Boom: From $10 Billion to Trillion-Dollar Clusters

Over the past year, the conversation around AI has dramatically shifted. We're no longer just talking about $10 billion compute clusters; now, it's all about $100 billion and even trillion-dollar clusters. This massive scale-up in investment is driving unprecedented advancements in AI technology.

Think of it this way: every six months, another zero is added to the boardroom plans of major tech companies. Behind the scenes, there's a fierce scramble to secure every power contract and voltage transformer available. American big business is gearing up to pour trillions of dollars into AI infrastructure. By the end of this decade, the U.S. electricity production is expected to grow by tens of percent, powering hundreds of millions of GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) from Pennsylvania's shale fields to Nevada's solar farms.

The Race to AGI

So, what's fueling this massive investment? It's the race to develop Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). AGI refers to AI systems that can understand, learn, and apply knowledge across a wide range of tasks, outperforming humans in many areas. By 2025 or 2026, experts predict that these machines will surpass the capabilities of college graduates. By the end of the decade, we might have AI systems that are smarter than any human being.

Why This Matters to Your Business

You might be wondering, "How does this impact my business?" The answer is simple: AI is no longer a futuristic concept. It's here, and it's transforming industries at an incredible pace. Businesses that fail to adapt to this change risk being left behind.

For instance, consider the finance industry. AI is already being used to automate trading, detect fraud, and provide personalized financial advice. Imagine having an AI system that can analyze market trends faster and more accurately than any human analyst. This isn't science fiction; it's happening right now.

Example: AI in Customer Service

Let's take a practical example to drive home this point. Customer service is a critical area for many businesses. Traditionally, customer service involves a team of human agents handling queries and complaints. This process can be slow and costly, and it often leaves customers waiting for solutions.

Now, imagine an AI-powered customer service system. This system can handle thousands of queries simultaneously, providing instant responses and solutions. It can learn from each interaction, continuously improving its ability to help customers. Companies like Amazon and Google are already using AI to enhance their customer service, leading to faster response times and higher customer satisfaction.

Preparing for the Future

The AI race is not just about having the latest technology; it's about being prepared for a future where AI is an integral part of every business operation. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your business is ready:

  1. Invest in AI Infrastructure: Ensure you have the necessary infrastructure to support AI systems. This might include upgrading your data centers, investing in high-performance GPUs, or partnering with cloud service providers.
  2. Educate Your Team: Make sure your team understands the basics of AI and its potential applications in your industry. This doesn't mean everyone needs to become an AI expert, but having a general understanding can help in identifying opportunities and challenges.
  3. Stay Informed: The AI landscape is evolving rapidly. Stay informed about the latest developments and trends. This will help you make informed decisions and stay ahead of the competition.
  4. Pilot AI Projects: Start with small AI projects to understand its impact on your business. This could be anything from automating simple tasks to analyzing customer data for insights.


The AI race is on, and it's moving faster than ever. Businesses that embrace AI and prepare for its impact will be the ones leading the charge into the future. At StarSevenSix, we're committed to helping businesses navigate this exciting landscape. Let's find our passion in AI and use it to help others.

Stay tuned for the next article in the series: "Preparing for Superintelligence"

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Over his 35 year career, Chuck has worked in just about all facets of IT, from hands on network engineering to server and datacenter architecture to business continuity, as well as managing teams of developers focused on SaaS product design and development. Much of his career was building and advising emerging technology startups in the cloud, AI and blockchain industries. In addition, he is a US Military Veteran of 24 years, having served in the United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force Reserve and Ohio Naval Reserve. Chuck serves as the Vice President of Strategy at StarSevenSix.