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Crypto Miner Hive Blockchain Touts Privateness of AI Fashions Operating on Its GPUs

Bitcoin mining agency Hive Blockchain (HIVE) goals to permit clients to coach giant language AI fashions in its knowledge facilities, touting higher privateness in comparison with rivals resembling OpenAI’s ChatGPT, the agency stated on an earnings name with analysts on Friday.

“Firms now are conscious that they don’t need to add delicate consumer knowledge to an organization like OpenAI that has a public LLM [large language model]. What we aspire to supply at Hive via Hive Cloud is privateness the place corporations can have a service settlement in place, possession of their knowledge and privateness and nonetheless run AI [artificial intelligence] compute workloads on our financial institution of GPUs [graphics processing units],” stated Aydin Kilic, CEO and President of the mining agency.

Hive’s shares on the Nasdaq gained virtually 2% on Friday.

Miners have been more and more pivoting to AI as mining economics have interfered with their profitability, with some going through bankruptcies, whereas the AI sector sees a growth in curiosity from buyers. Nevertheless, it’s but to be decided whether or not miners can compete with huge tech companies resembling Google and Amazon Internet Providers who profit from each economies of scale and a long time of expertise working high-quality customer-facing knowledge facilities.

Giant language fashions perceive and generate human language utilizing probabilistic calculations. They’re usually educated on graphics processing models, a kind of digital circuit made up of semiconductors that was initially used for picture processing, however has been discovered to be good at working AI masses.

Hive has a fleet of 38,000 GPUs from the times when it mined ethereum. A few of these it has directed to mining altcoins, whereas others can be found to lease as a service or deployed in its cloud providing.

The agency expects a run-rate of $1 million yearly for its GPUs, it stated on the earnings name. Already “500 GPU playing cards generated $230,000 income this quarter,” stated the agency’s Chairman, Frank Holmes, in a press launch discussing the annual and quarterly earnings. Hive’s fiscal 12 months ended on March 31, 2023.

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A screenshot from Hive’s presentation to buyers on June 30, 2023, the place it mentioned its plans to supply giant language mannequin coaching on its GPU fleet. (Screenshot: Eliza Gkritsi/CoinDesk)

Hive reported $106.3 million in revenues for the fiscal 12 months ended March 31, 2023, with a gross working margin of $50.4 million, or 47% of income. That’s about half of the historic income it famous in FY2022 of $211.2 million at a gross working margin of 78% of income.

Total in FY2023, the agency reported a internet lack of $236.4 million, which it famous included a number of non-cash prices, resembling $81.7 million of depreciation, an impairment to gear of $70.4 million and an impairment to deposits of $27.3 million. In contrast, the agency reported internet earnings of $79.6 million for the fiscal 12 months 2022.

Edited by Nelson Wang.



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