OpenAI and Microsoft announce extended, multi-billion-dollar partnership

Enlarge / The OpenAI emblem superimposed over the Microsoft emblem.

Ars Technica

On Monday, AI tech darling OpenAI introduced that it acquired a “multi-year, multi-billion greenback funding” from Microsoft, following earlier investments in 2019 and 2021. Whereas the 2 corporations haven’t formally introduced a greenback quantity on the deal, the information follows rumors of a $10 billion funding that emerged two weeks in the past.

Based in 2015, OpenAI has been behind a number of key applied sciences that made 2022 the yr that generative AI went mainstream, together with DALL-E picture synthesis, the ChatGPT chatbot (powered by GPT-3), and GitHub Copilot for programming help. ChatGPT, particularly, has made Google reportedly “panic” to craft a response, whereas Microsoft has reportedly been engaged on integrating OpenAI’s language mannequin know-how into its Bing search engine.

“The previous three years of our partnership have been nice,” stated Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, in a Microsoft information launch. “Microsoft shares our values and we’re excited to proceed our impartial analysis and work towards creating superior AI that advantages everybody.”

Particularly, the 2 corporations say they may work on supercomputing at scale to speed up OpenAI’s analysis, integrating OpenAI’s know-how into extra Microsoft merchandise and “digital experiences” and holding Microsoft as OpenAI’s unique cloud supplier with Azure. “OpenAI has used this infrastructure to coach its breakthrough fashions, which at the moment are deployed in Azure to energy category-defining AI merchandise like GitHub Copilot, DALL·E 2, and ChatGPT,” wrote Microsoft.

The businesses additionally reaffirmed their “shared dedication to constructing AI techniques and merchandise which might be reliable and secure,” following Microsoft’s “Accountable AI Normal” and OpenAI’s efforts at AI Alignment analysis, which mainly search to finally create AGI (human-level AI) that will not flip all of us into paperclips.

The partnership is a doubtlessly profitable step for the 2 corporations as they rush to construct a man-made alternative for human mind. As OpenAI’s about web page confirms, “OpenAI’s mission is to make sure that synthetic common intelligence (AGI)—by which we imply extremely autonomous techniques that outperform people at most economically precious work—advantages all of humanity.”