Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp., speaks during the company's event at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.
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Under CEO Jensen Huang, chipmaker NVIDIA’s processors have quietly become essential to everything from crypto­currency mining and NFTs to self-­driving cars. Although the $600 ­billion chip titan failed to achieve market domination this year—it abandoned a planned $40 billion acquisition of British rival Arm over potential antitrust concerns—its investments in AI and experimental technology are undoubtedly shaping the future. NVIDIA’s processors will eventually render human effort obsolete in many sectors, predicts executive vice president Jay Puri: “Anything that moves will be autonomous.”

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