When you consider the way our world has changed in the last thirty years, you cannot discount the impact that computing has had. Simply, advances in technology have fueled our economy and essentially ruled out lives for at least the last two generations.

It is astonishing that we have gone from dial-up internet connections to everyone walking around with smartphones that are more powerful than the computers NASA used to send people to the moon.

Understanding those advancements makes a recent announcement made by New York Governor Kathy Hochul even more significant.

Half-Billon Dollar Super Computer Coming to Buffalo

Shortly after Kathy Hochul released her proposed 2024/25 New York State Budget, the Governor took some time to announce a new initiative that will bring a $500 million supercomputer to the University at Buffalo.

We are delighted that the governor is recognizing UB’s longstanding national and international leadership in AI and data science with this momentous designation, which will make UB — as the home of Empire AI — a premier resource center for AI research and innovation...
-Satish K. Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo

A new consortium of public and private academic partners has joined together to create Empire AI, a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence center to be housed on the SUNY Buffalo campus.

We want to make sure New York State is the capital of AI development … but I need a home for this supercomputer that’ll power the innovation all over our state. And I’m proud to announce that the home will be right here at SUNY Buffalo... This initiative will ensure that New York State is the place we can put this kind of computing power in the hands of students and professors and the geniuses who are ready to win this race.
-Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York State

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