Microsoft confirms it wants to invest “several billion dollars” in OpenAI

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Microsoft confirms that it wants to invest “several billion dollars” in OpenAI

The ChatGPT chatbot was made available to the general public on November 30.

Computer giant Microsoft has officially announced its intentions to invest “several billion dollars” for expand its partnership with artificial intelligence (AI) specialist OpenAI, creator of the ChatGPT chatbot and the DALL-E 2 image generator, according to a joint statement from the two companies.

Several American media mentioned the figure of 10 billion US dollars (13.4 billion Canadian dollars), which Microsoft did not immediately confirm or deny.

Little known to the general public until now, OpenAI, created only seven years ago, caused a lot of ink to flow with the launch, in November, of its chatbot ChatGPT.

If it is not the first software of its kind, it surprises by the quality of its responses imitating human speech, whether it is to write a text on a given or to explain a complex subject in an intelligible way, even to create a poem.

ChatGPT arouses wonder as much as concern: between a precious tool saving people from tedious tasks, a threat to many jobs whose usefulness could be called into question, and a headache for teachers, who will have to review their assessment practices.

The agreement announced on Monday provides that each partner will be able to independently commercialize products resulting from the jointly developed technology, based on AI.

The billions of dollars invested by Microsoft will benefit not only from ChatGPT, but also from other software developed by OpenAI such as DALL-E, its image generator powered by artificial intelligence.

DALL-E allows to generate images from a textual description.

OpenAI also plans to release a paid version of ChatGPT, which should offer faster responses and the ability to interact more frequently with the chatbot.

Under this collaboration, Microsoft will use software already developed by OpenAI in its consumer and enterprise products.

This means that elements of ChatGPT could be integrated into applications such as the Outlook e-mail service, the Bing search engine or the Teams video conferencing software.

We are enthusiastic about the idea of ​​continuing our research independently and to work to create advanced AI that benefits everyone, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said in the statement.

ChatGPT could change the gives for Microsoft, analysts from Wedbush Securities believe in a note, adding that this investment will allow them to be ahead of the rest of the web giants.

On January 18, Microsoft announced the dismissal of approximately 10,000 people within its staff nel by the end of March. Among the reasons cited are changes in the priorities of its clientele.

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