The future of artificial intelligence seems bright when Microsoft, a global leader in tech, has signed a $1 billion contract deal to partner with OpenAI, an artificial intelligence mission owned by Elon Musk and Sam Altman.
OpenAI started operations since its conception back in 2016 and aims to harness the potential of the human brain in developing artificially intelligent applications and systems. The partnership, as Microsoft detailed in a press release, would “accelerate breakthroughs in AI and power OpenAI’s efforts to create artificial general intelligence (AGI).”
The new relationship between Microsoft and OpenAI is meant to bolster’s Microsoft’s AI program, Azure. Microsoft said that
OpenAI will extend Microsoft Azure’s capabilities in large-scale AI systems, and the resulting enhancement of Azure’s capabilities will help their developers in creating and designing new generations of artificially intelligent applications.
As part of the deal, Microsoft and OpenAI will work together to build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies. Additionally, according to Microsoft, it’s Azure program will become OpenAI’s “preferred” partner to commercially release its developments in the market.
“OpenAI will port its services to run on Microsoft Azure, which it will use to create new AI technologies and deliver on the promise of artificial general intelligence,” reads the press release.
“The companies will focus on building a computational platform in Azure of unprecedented scale, which will train and run increasingly advanced AI models, include hardware technologies that build on Microsoft’s supercomputing technology and adhere to the two companies’ shared principles on ethics and trust. This will create the foundation for advancements in AI to be implemented in a safe, secure, and trustworthy way and is a critical reason the companies chose to partner together.”
Back when OpenAI is starting, it’s founder, Elon Musk, said that his company will“freely collaborate” among other AI researchers and to make his works and patents available to others. But it seems that with the new deal with Microsoft, that no longer becomes possible.