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Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI as part of new partnership

What you need to know

  • MIcrosoft has forged a partnership with OpenAI.
  • The partnership includes a $1 billion investment from Microsoft and OpenAI migrating to Azure.
  • Both companies will work together to create artificial general intelligence.

Microsoft forged a new partnership with OpenAI including a $1 billion investment. The companies will work together to create artificial general intelligence (AGI). OpenAI will use Microsoft Azure as its exclusive cloud provider, and both companies will develop new Azure AI supercomputing technologies together.

In contrast to traditional AI systems that involve large amounts of manual engineering for specific tasks, AGI is being developed to "[master] a field of study to the world-expert level" according to Microsoft's post announcing the partnership. AGI can detect connections between different topics and disciplines.

In the official press release (opens in new tab) announcing the news, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, stated

"Our mission is to ensure that AGI technology benefits all of humanity, and we're working with Microsoft to build the supercomputing foundation on which we'll build AGI. We believe it's crucial that AGI is deployed safely and securely and that its economic benefits are widely distributed. We are excited about how deeply Microsoft shares this vision."

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella added "AI is one of the most transformative technologies of our time and has the potential to help solve many of our world's most pressing challenges."

The partnership shows Microsoft's continued investment into cloud technologies and brings another large client to Microsoft Azure.

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