Microsoft announced its expansion into its already existing partnership with OpenAI using an exclusive license on the AI research company’s GPT-3 language model. This model, which is very advanced, provides the ability to auto-generate text for apps. OpenAI has given GPT-3 access to a team of developers and it is also the biggest language model ever trained that is auto-generating business correspondence, that goes from creative work such as poetry to much advanced technical tasks such as coding.
Microsoft and OpenAI already have a cloud computing contract, where Azure is provided with a platform for OpenAI in order to train its models. Microsoft had put in $1 billion last year in order to become OpenAI’s exclusive cloud provider. With this special license, Microsoft will be able to make use of GPT-3 by combining it with its own products.
Kevin Scott, Microsoft chief technology officer elaborated regarding the deal announcement, “We see this as an incredible opportunity to expand our Azure-powered AI platform in a way that democratizes AI technology, enables new products, services and experiences, and increases the positive impact of AI at Scale. Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, so we want to make sure that this AI platform is available to everyone – researchers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, businesses – to empower their ambitions to create something new and interesting.”
OpenAI said It is noteworthy that the deal has “no impact on continued access to the GPT-3 model through OpenAI’s API, and existing and future users of it will continue building applications with our API as usual,”.
This means that even though other companies will still have access to GPT-3, Microsoft will receive all the benefits that went into creating the program as it will be able to use the advanced AI to the max.