May 25, 2024

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Microsoft to invest US$3.3 billion in AI data center in US

Microsoft to invest US$3.3 billion in AI data center in US

Microsoft will invest US$3.3 billion (about R$17 billion) in the construction of an artificial intelligence data center in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. Once ready, construction will create over 2,000 direct jobs in addition to the 2,300 vacancies.

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Employees will receive AI training

  • Microsoft president Brad Smith said these investments will be made by the end of 2026.
  • The company also promised to use AI to boost productivity and help workers.
  • More than 100,000 people will be trained by the company to acquire artificial intelligence skills to fill the “jobs of the future.”
  • Information from Reuters.
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The investment could boost Biden’s bid for the US presidency (Image: US Government)

Political affiliation and influence on US elections

The construction of Microsoft’s new data center has a political purpose, in addition to promoting the field of artificial intelligence, which is considered strategic by the US government. Located in the Midwestern part of the country, Wisconsin is considered a swing state and could be decisive for the outcome of the US presidential election scheduled for later this year.

Current President Joe Biden’s intention is to use the investment to directly target his rival’s campaign. 7 years ago, former President Donald Trump announced a US$10 billion (over R$51 billion) investment from Chinese company Foxconn. At the time, Republicans said it was the “8th wonder of the world.” The problem was, the project never got off the ground.

Biden likes to point out Trump’s paradox. That’s because the former president said he always supported North American companies, but signed a deal with a Chinese company in Wisconsin. Microsoft is an American company.

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