OpenAI and Microsoft today announced that they are extending their partnership. Like their previous partnership in 2019 and 2021, Microsoft is investing multi-billion dollars (exact amount not revealed by both the companies) in OpenAI that will allow them to continue their independent research and develop AI.
Another key part of this new agreement is that both OpenAI and Microsoft can independently commercialize the resulting advanced AI technologies. Previously, Microsoft had exclusive access to GPT-3.
Key highlights of the Microsoft and OpenAI partnership:
- Microsoft will increase its investments in the development and deployment of specialized supercomputing systems to accelerate OpenAI’s independent AI research. Microsoft will also continue to build out Azure’s leading AI infrastructure to help customers build and deploy their AI applications on a global scale.
- Microsoft will deploy OpenAI’s models across its consumer and enterprise products and introduce new categories of digital experiences built on OpenAI’s technology.
- Microsoft Azure will exclusively power all OpenAI workloads across research, products and API services.
“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 Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “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.”
To build and deploy safe AI systems, Microsoft and OpenAI teams regularly collaborate to review and synthesize shared lessons.
“The past three years of our partnership have been great,” said Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI. “Microsoft shares our values and we are excited to continue our independent research and work toward creating advanced AI that benefits everyone.”