Microsoft is in talks to invest $10 billion in OpenAI, creator of the viral artificial intelligence intelligence bot ChatGPT, Reuters news agency confirms.
The software giant’s proposal involves a large investment over several years, although the final terms are still under discussion. The conversations began several months ago, even before the development went viral on social networks due to its great ability to understand and write.
Another news platform, Semafor, raised the possible investment that the developer of Windows and Office could make to 29,000 million. According to these sources, the parties sought to close the operation before the end of 2022.
Since its launch at the end of November, ChatGPT has caused a lot of talk on the Internet. The furore was immediate: in the first week alone, one million users used the tool. His imitation of human conversation sparked speculation about his potential to supplant professional writers and even Google.
OpenAI, co-founded by Elon Musk and Silicon Valley investor Sam Altman, proposes a business model where the tool is free for end users since it only charges developers to license its technology. The company is already working on a new language model, GPT-4, as well as a new image generation system that would improve the ability to synthesize art and other images.
The popularity of the service has led other technology companies to promote the development of their own artificial intelligence solutions. Google would be working on alternative powers for its search service, although this would imply strong changes for its ad services. Microsoft would try the same, by incorporating ChatGPT into its search engine, Bing.
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, continues to think big and this would not be the only purchase of the technology giant. The CEO of the company founded by Bill Gates is buying companies at an impressive rate. Since his 2014 promotion to the post, Nadella has embarked on an expensive shopping spree. He started with Mojan Studios, of video games (Minecraft), for 2,500 million dollars. Then, LinkedIn for 26,000 million and Nuance (voice recognition and AI) for 20,000 million. Activision Blizzard is by far the biggest announced target, at $69 billion, but it is currently under discussion with regulators.
At the end of the year the bells rang about a possible purchase of Netflix by Microsoft. The two companies are already closely aligned. Netflix chose Microsoft as an advertising partner for a new ad-based service. Part of the rationale for a deal is that Microsoft wants to offer a multi-device video game streaming service.