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Microsoft prepares to speed up AI in the Nordics, devotes $3.2 B to Sweden

Microsoft prepares to invest $3.2 bn (EUR2.9 bn) to broaden its AI and cloud facilities in Sweden, marking the business’s greatest single financial investment in the Nordic country.

The effort intends to assist enhance Sweden’s competitiveness in the blossoming expert system sector.

As part of this objective, Microsoft will release 20,000 of the most sophisticated GPUs– required for AI training– to its 3 existing information centres situated in Sandviken, Gävle, and Staffanstorp.

The tech giant will utilize Nvidia’s chips. It is likewise thinking about utilizing chips from AMD together with its own semiconductors, Microsoft’s President Brad Smith stated in an interview.

Over the next 3 years, the business will likewise supply AI abilities training to 250,000 individuals at schools, universities, organisations, and in the general public sector. That’s comparable to around 2.4% of the whole Swedish population.

The program will concentrate on technical and occupation education for trainees, re-training for industry-specific occupations, and specialist training for designers. According to this year’s AI Index Report from Stanford University, Sweden ranks 3rd internationally in need for AI abilities.

“Microsoft is devoted to increasing availability and speeding up the intro of AI throughout the Nordics, consisting of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden,” Smith stated in a declaration.

AI usage is quickly increasing in the Nordic nations. According to a current report by Danish think tank Mandag Morgen, Sweden is lagging behind. Around 45% of Swedish services and organisations presently utilize AI, compared to 48% in Denmark, 52% in Norway, and 61% in Finland.

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