Clippy 2.0: Microsoft is apparently in discussions with OpenAI regarding an investment of up to $10 billion into the artificial intelligence business. The software giant would also leverage OpenAI’s strong text generation tools not just in its Bing search engine, but also in its Office suite.
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The information that Microsoft is looking to deepen its existing cooperation with the artificial intelligence business founded by Elon Musk was initially revealed by The Information. They also claim that the tech giant has already been stealthily integrating OpenAI’s text-generating software into Word via its autocomplete recommendations. This is something that has been said to have happened.
This relationship-building initiative is estimated to cost roughly $10 billion, according to additional anonymous insiders who spoke to Semafor and Bloomberg about the matter. The latter publication added that the deal between the companies — which have been working together on Microsoft’s Azure AI system since at least 2019, when Microsoft invested 1 billion dollars in OpenAI — have been in negotiations about the proposed deal for months. This is because the companies have been working together on Microsoft’s Azure AI system since at least 2019.
In response to our inquiries about the reporting, a Microsoft spokeswoman stated that the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.
Mean Girls: If the deal is finalized (or, indeed, if Microsoft is already using OpenAI’s text-generating algorithms to strengthen its autocomplete suggestions), it could represent a sea change in the public-facing availability of the company’s next-generation AI. This is especially significant in the wake of the company’s release of ChatGPT, which has stirred controversy for churning out text that in some contexts is almost indistinguishable from that written by a human.
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Since the release of ChatGPT, which is based on OpenAI’s GPT-3 language generation model, the company has received a great deal of criticism from academics and other individuals who are concerned about the growing threat of artificial intelligence. In the past, this organization operated as a charitable organization; however, it has since transitioned to a for-profit business model and was estimated to be worth $20 billion as of October. According to recent reports, the company has also been in discussions with additional investors; should those deals be successful, the company’s value could soon approach or even surpass $30 billion.
At this point, it is safe to say that OpenAI is the most popular girl in school. However, just like anything else that is popular, it is subject to levels of scrutiny that are the stuff that other business founders have nightmares about.
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