Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence company, xAI, has announced plans to create the world’s largest supercomputer, choosing Memphis, Tennessee, as the site for this ambitious project. The Greater Memphis Chamber disclosed this significant development on Wednesday, highlighting it as the “largest capital investment by a new-to-market company in Memphis history.”

The planned supercomputer, dubbed the “Gigafactory of Compute,” is expected to transform the city’s technological landscape. Musk confirmed the news in response to a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that included footage of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s press conference.

Approval and Development

The Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine, Tennessee Valley Authority, and other entities must still approve the project. However, the enthusiasm surrounding the announcement is palpable. According to the Greater Memphis Chamber, xAI expects to create high-quality jobs upon completing Phase 1, with the potential for more substantial investments in subsequent phases.

“Memphis is a city of innovators, so it’s no surprise that it feels like home to those looking to change the world,” said Memphis Mayor Paul Young. “We have great partners at the Greater Memphis Chamber and MLGW who were ready to make this happen. We had an ideal site, ripe for investment. And we had the power of our people who created new and innovative processes to keep up with the pace required to land this transformational project.”

Political Support and Community Impact

Local politicians, including House Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen and GOP Rep. David Kustoff, praised the news, recognizing the significant economic and technological impact this project will have on Memphis. The supercomputer project is expected to bring numerous opportunities and advancements to the area, solidifying Memphis as a hub for innovation.

xAI has been operational since July 2023, when Elon Musk, who also leads Tesla and SpaceX, founded it. The company developed the AI chatbot Grok for the social media platform X and aims to “understand the true nature of the universe.”

Future Plans

In a recent announcement, xAI disclosed a successful $6 billion Series B funding round. The company hinted at multiple exciting technology updates and products on the horizon, indicating a period of rapid growth and innovation.

The decision to build the world’s largest supercomputer in Memphis aligns with xAI’s mission to push the boundaries of artificial intelligence and computational power. The supercomputer will serve as a critical infrastructure component for xAI’s future projects and technological developments.