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Stablecoin Giant Tether Makes a Power Move Into AI

This move marks a bold entry by a major player in the digital asset space and has the potential to significantly impact both the crypto and AI industries.

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Tether Operations Limited (Tether), the company behind the world's largest stablecoin USDT, has made a strategic shift by announcing a significant expansion of its focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The company has also announced a global recruitment drive for top-tier talent to contribute to its burgeoning AI division.

"Artificial intelligence stands poised to revolutionize nearly every facet of our lives, both in the real and digital worlds," Paolo Ardoino, CEO of Tether, said, adding, "Today's announcement establishes a new division within Tether, redefining AI boundaries and democratizing privacy-preserving open AI technology while setting industry benchmarks for innovation, utility, and transparency."

Before diving into Tether's AI ambitions, let's establish some context. Tether is a controversial yet influential figure in the digital asset space. Its flagship product, USDT, is a stablecoin – a cryptocurrency pegged to the value of the US dollar.

This peg aims to offer investors the price stability of traditional fiat currency while still providing the benefits of blockchain technology, such as faster transactions and lower fees. With a circulating supply of around $104 trillion, USDT enjoys widespread adoption and is crucial for facilitating trades within the cryptocurrency market, though it has it fair share of critics, largely over its lack of transparency with regards to its reserves

Why is Tether's Move to AI Significant?

Now, Tether's decision to enter the AI landscape is significant for a few reasons: the focus on open-source and transparency, which stands in contrast to the often closed-source nature of AI development by big tech companies; its plan to integrate existing AI solutions with real-world problems; and boosting accessibility for developers.

Tether's resources and reach have the potential to propel open-source AI development and make AI technology more accessible to a wider range of players. Additionally, Tether's focus on integrating AI with real-world problems within the digital asset space could lead to innovative new applications of this technology.

However, questions remain. How Tether will navigate the complexities of AI development, and how successfully they can integrate AI solutions into the crypto market are issues to be watched closely.

Still, Tether's move represents a major gamble with the potential to reshape the landscape of both AI and the digital asset space in the years to come.