October 4, 2022
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Hello and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: the White House releases a set of “rules” for AI usage, Samsung outlines big contract chipmaking goals, and Microsoft’s patch for last week’s Exchange vulnerability didn’t work.
Almost a year ago, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy promised the country an AI Bill of Rights, citing discriminatory and faulty AI unleashed by industry for use with no federal regulatory guidelines.
While not a rulemaking or enforcement body, OSTP might have offered more specific recommendations for future AI regulations or legislation. Instead, today the office unveiled a “blueprint” for an AI Bill of Rights.
Some civil rights and AI watchdogs said it does provide clear principles for AI protections all Americans should have. It lists five AI guidelines:
The document includes a lengthy “technical companion” intended to help incorporate the guidelines into AI design and use.
Now, privacy and civil rights groups are watching to see if principles in the blueprint will be put into practice, including when it comes to U.S. government use of AI.
For important background on how the blueprint came to be, check out my full story.
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In a large meeting room inside a posh San Jose, California, hotel Monday, a handful of top Samsung chipmaking executives laid out its plans for the next five years.
In a word, it’s ambitious.
Moonsoo Kang, the South Korean company’s semiconductor foundry head, laid out the broad brushstrokes of that plan to a room full of reporters and industry analysts: Samsung plans to triple its contract manufacturing business in three years.
As it stands, the majority of Samsung’s foundry operation is devoted to building chips that power mobile phones, though the company has a substantial fab capacity devoted to consumer, auto, and high-performance computing chips that account for roughly 30% of its revenue.
By 2027, Samsung says it plans to upend the existing mix. Kang said that the company plans a sustained push into automotive and data center chips, which executives aim to grow to nearly half of its overall foundry sales. And it plans to grow its revenue in the U.S. by twelve-fold, compared with 2019.
The muscle behind the Samsung pitch is that it has managed to achieve a number of manufacturing firsts — though some of the claims are debatable. A recent achievement in transistor manufacturing tech theoretically gives chips made with it a leg up over the likes of those produced by TSMC and Intel, for example.
Samsung’s people also outlined its manufacturing process roadmap through 2027. At that point the company will be ready to print chips with its 1.4 nanometer node.
Behind Samsung’s plans remains the reality that it is second place to TSMC as the go-to contract chipmaker for most chip design companies. And with Intel investing heavily in its own foundry operation, Samsung lives in a world of intense and growing competition.— Max A. Cherney (email | twitter)
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