Microsoft and OpenAI collab continues

Research and development firm OpenAI, otherwise known as the brains behind the revolutionary AI chatbot, ChatGPT, has officially tied the knot with Microsoft – again. The collaboration promises both a lucrative working relationship worth billions, and the advancement of innovative artificial intelligence technologies.

Microsoft made the announcement on its official blog today.

“Today, we are announcing the third phase of our long-term partnership with OpenAI through a multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment to accelerate AI breakthroughs to ensure these benefits are broadly shared with the world,” Microsoft stated.

OpenAI announced the news on Twitter, stating the partnership would allow the artificially intelligence-driven firm “to continue our independent research and develop AI that is increasingly safe, useful, and powerful.”

This is the third round of investment dollars Microsoft has pledged to OpenAI since the two firms partnered with each other in 2019 and again in 2021.

“We formed our partnership with OpenAI around a shared ambition to responsibly advance cutting-edge AI research and democratize AI as a new technology platform,” said Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella.

The agreement cites three main focuses, according to the Microsoft blog:

To develop and deploy specialized supercomputing systems to accelerate OpenAI’s groundbreaking independent AI research.

To provide new AI-powered experiences, introducing new categories of digital experiences built on OpenAI’s technology for both the consumer and enterprise.

To become Open AI’s exclusive cloud provider through Microsoft Azure, powering all OpenAI workloads across research, products and API services.

“In this next phase of our partnership, developers and organizations across industries will have access to the best AI infrastructure, models, and toolchain with Azure to build and run their applications,” said OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

“Microsoft shares our values and we are excited to continue our independent research and work toward creating advanced AI that benefits everyone, said Altman.

ChatGPT-3 is OpenAI’s third iteration of Generative Pre-trained Transformer, which uses a deep learning language model to produce human-like text.

Initially released in the summer of 2020, the free to use (for now) ChatGPT-3 has been all over the news since the start of 2023, creating controversy as its machine-learning capabilities have advanced tremendously.

The AI chatbot has most recently passed a US medical licensing exam and has shown its ability to write usable malware on command.

The Microsoft corporation also stated they want to establish an industry-wide AI framework to help “guide the industry to responsible outcomes and safe deployment of AI technologies.”