UK antitrust chief calls for urgent probe into AI sector monopoly risks

  • Jonathan Kanter initiates investigation into AI sector to address monopoly risks.
  • Key focus areas include computing power, data access, and talent distribution.

OUR TAKE
Kanter’s proactive approach to investigating AI monopolies is a breath of fresh air. It’s heartening to see someone in his position take real steps to keep the market fair and competitive. His push for real-time intervention shows he’s not just talking the talk but is ready to take meaningful action. On the other hand, Adams’ call for decentralisation resonates deeply, highlighting the need for balance and fairness in AI development. Together, these perspectives offer a hopeful vision for the future of AI—one that’s innovative, inclusive, and just.

Dudu, BTW Reporter

Jonathan Kanter, the US antitrust enforcer, calls for urgent examination of the AI sector to prevent potential monopolies, highlighting concerns over dominant technology firms.

Addressing monopoly risks

Jonathan Kanter, the US antitrust enforcer, has announced plans to investigate the nation’s artificial intelligence (AI) sector. He emphasises the need to prevent potential monopolies, citing concerns over a few companies holding too much control. Kanter highlights the importance of examining AI’s competitive landscape, focusing on “monopoly choke points” such as computing power, data access, and talent distribution.

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Urgent action needed

According to Kanter, urgent action is required to ensure that dominant technology firms do not have sole market control. Regulators are concerned that the AI sector is currently “at the high-water mark of competition, not the floor.” Kanter advocates for real-time intervention as a less invasive means to address monopoly risks, emphasising the importance of timely regulatory measures.

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Addressing GPU

Scarcity Kanter also highlights the scarcity of graphics processing units (GPUs) used to train large language models (LLMs). He notes that antitrust regulators are examining how chipmakers allocate their advanced products as demand increases. Kanter mentions existing government initiatives to boost chip production, including subsidies provided for chip manufacturing under the Chips and Science Act.

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Dudu is an intern reporter at BTW Media. She graduated with a degree in Translating and Interpreting from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Send tips to d.du@btw.media.

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