With a new exclusive license for the innovative GPT-3 language model of the AI, the business has developed an auto-generating text application. It has emerged as the most advanced of its kind in the industry; Microsoft has extended its ongoing collaboration with San Francisco-based artificial intelligence research business OpenAI.
Via OpenAI’s ongoing Azure cloud computing deal, the two companies are already related. With Azure being the platform on which OpenAI accesses the vast computing resources which need to train many of its models, and a significant $1 billion investment made last year by Microsoft to become the exclusive cloud provider of OpenAI. Now, by securing the rights to GPT-3, Microsoft is giving yet another signal of high trust in OpenAI’s studio.
In July, OpenAI launched GPT-3, the third iteration of its ever-growing language model, and some of the most interesting AI language experiments to date have helped develop the software and its previous iterations. Vigorous discussion about the ethics of powerful AI applications that are used for more sinister purposes, with OpenAI initially declining to publish research on the model for fear of misuse.
We see this as an exciting opportunity to extend our Azure-powered AI platform in a way that democratizes AI technology. We try to make new products, services, and experiences, and increase the positive impact of AI at Scale “Written by Kevin Scott, chief technology officer of Microsoft, announcing the deal in the company’s blog post.” Our goal is to empower every person and organization on the planet to do more, so we want to make sure that this AI platform is open to all to empower their aspirations to build something new and interesting — researchers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, businesses.
OpenAI says, “through OpenAI ‘s API, the deal has no effect on continued access to the GPT-3 model, and current and potential users of it will continue to create apps with our API as usual,” which poses some interesting questions about just what Microsoft acquired here. Microsoft representative told that its sole license gives it exclusive access to the underlying GPT-3 code, which incorporates technological innovations it aims to implement into its goods and services.
Thus, while other businesses and researchers may be able to access GPT-3 via the API of OpenAI, only Microsoft can benefit from using all the AI advances that have made it such a sophisticated application. It is not clear that what it would look like right now, but it is clear that in OpenAI ‘s work, Microsoft sees the enormous value and presumably wants to be the first (and, in this case, only) company to take its often experimental research work and convert it into innovations in real-world products.
The OpenAI API today offers a general-purpose ‘text in, text out’ interface, unlike most AI systems designed for a single use-case, enabling users to try it on practically any English language mission.