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The story of Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia who was chosen in the top 100 of Time

2021-09-19T17:53:37.404Z

The magazine included him among the most influential personalities of 2021. His history and contributions to the industry.



John brodersen

09/19/2021 14:30

  • Clarín.com

  • Technology

Updated 9/19/2021 2:30 PM

Nvidia CEO

Jensen Huang

is very famous among

PC

gamers

for video cards.

However, the billionaire who has a fortune of more than

20 billion dollars

, is a key personality in the development of artificial intelligence: Nvidia, the company he founded and currently still runs, is the most valuable chip company in the United States. United.

A pioneer in graphics technology and artificial intelligence, she

was now chosen by Time

as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021.

"Artificial intelligence is transforming our world," wrote computer scientist Andrew Ng of Huang in the Time entry.

"The software that enables computers to do things that previously required

human perception and judgment

is largely dependent on the hardware that Jensen Huang made possible," he added.

On November 18, Huang will also receive the microchip industry's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award.

These accolades for Huang, as well as others who made Time's list (Tesla founder Elon Musk and Apple CEO Tim Cook) show just how important the technologies his company built have become to the world.

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia.

Photo Nvidia

Huang was born in Taiwan in 1963 (58 years old. After moving with his family from Oneida, Kentucky, to Oregon, he graduated from Aloha High School, located in the suburbs of Portland.

He studied electrical engineering at Oregon State University in 1984, and later earned a master's degree in electrical engineering

from Stanford University in 1992.

Studies have always been part of his way of seeing the world.

After graduating from college, he became director of Coreware at LSI Logic and microprocessor designer at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD),

now an ardent competitor of Nvidia.

In 1993 he founded Nvidia and served as CEO ever since.

Drawing on very fast innovations in hardware to recreate 3D graphics for games, Huang always thought about a key problem of the early 1990s: how to make computers model

3D graphics with greater degrees of realism.

Your career at Nvidia

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia.

Photo Nvidia

Back then, computer graphics were pretty rudimentary, and the concept of having a chip dedicated to exclusively processing

video game images was just beginning to emerge.

Hence the idea of ​​creating the famous

"video cards"

, components that are added to computer motherboards to relieve the processor of taking care of this task.

Although Nvidia did not invent this concept, it was the company that, today, has

become a pioneer when it comes to presenting the advancements of the industry.

Parallel to these developments, Nvidia took advantage of the parallel processing it used for its

graphics processing

units

(GPUs)

to perform non-graphics computing tasks.

This led to starting to study something that seemed to be imminent in terms of technological advances:

artificial intelligence

, one of the pillars of the company today.

Computers, robots, cars and autonomy, all on the same path.

"In the more than 25 years since the company's first chip, the complexity of the computer graphics scene has

increased about 500 million times,

" Huang said.

"Moore's Law, which predicts that the performance of the chip will double every two years, would have increased only

100,000 times in the same period

if it had not been helped by a better design of the chip," explains a specialized site.

Nvidia is currently worth more than 

$ 555 billion

on the stock market and employs

20,000 people

.

Much of that growth came when

Nvidia was hugely successful in AI.

"Huang's gamble paid off in large part because he is among the most technically savvy CEOs in the world," Time's Ng wrote.

“He is also a compassionate manager of his employees and a

generous supporter of science and technology education.

With artificial intelligence technologies still emerging creating an insatiable hunger for more computing, Huang's team is well positioned to continue driving technological advancements for decades to come, "added the author of the magazine article.

Currently, Nvidida is working on its Ray Tracing technology that generates illumination in the graphics in real time by artificial intelligence.

The day that fooled us all

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia.

Photo Nvidia

In April, Huang appeared in a classic presentation of the Nvidia company.

Months later we found out:

it wasn't really him.

It was about deepfake or virtual representation of Huang that turned out to be so convincing that nobody found out about the trick.

Then, NVIDIA explained the process and that unique “making of” with which they managed to raise that virtual double that nobody detected, although, yes, he only participated

for 14 seconds.

This has to do with Huang also being a fan of the intersection between science fiction and technology and has recently been talking more about the metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected,

like in novels like

Snow Crash

and

Ready Player One.

Huang received the IEEE Founder's Medal;

the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award;

and honorary doctorates from National Taiwan Chiao Tung

University, National Taiwan University, and Oregon State University.

In 2019, Harvard Business Review ranked him # 1 on its list of the 100 best performing CEOs in the world during his tenure.

In 2017, he was named Fortune Entrepreneur of the Year.

In his acceptance speech for the CIE award, Huang made an unusual comment beyond Nvidia's business affairs, pointing to the scourge of recent anti-Asian violence: "Racism is a flyer we must stop."

A color fact: Huang played

ping pong

as a

boy and at

15 he reached

third place

in the doubles category at the US Open.

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia: the 186 richest in the world.

Photo Nvidia

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