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Social network TikTok is using Nvidia chips to train its AI despite a US ban

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun8,2024

TikTok uses Nvidia chips to train its AI despite US ban

The US has banned the sale of the latest artificial intelligence chips to China, but ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, has found a way to get the chips through Oracle. This is reported by The Information. By renting servers from Oracle in the US, ByteDance is training its artificial intelligence models using Nvidia H100 chips. This practice is technically permissible because Oracle simply leases the chips in the US rather than selling them to companies in China.

This scheme allows ByteDance to avoid restrictions imposed by the US government on the sale of chips to China. The Biden administration has tightened controls on chip exports to China to prevent possible use of AI for military or intelligence purposes. 

ByteDance already trains its AI models in the US, but there are questions about transferring the manufactured models back to China. 

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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