The partnership with OpenAI will have Microsoft's
Azure cloud-computing platform running the artificial intelligence firm's
massive computing needs.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is getting really smart. It's already able to recognize what's in the photos you share online, powers technology you use every day like Siri and Alexa, and does even more complex tasks like keeping your car in its lane or even driving on its own. But those tasks all require that a computer be essentially trained by a human, based on human knowledge and expertise.
That's not enough for the researchers at OpenAI.
In fact, it
just announced a partnership that will have Microsoft investing a cool $1 billion into the for-profit research lab -- originally founded by Elon Musk and others, and now run by Sam Altman -- as an attempt to pursue the "holy grail" of AI, known as artificial general intelligence (AGI).
Considered one of the ultimate
computing challenges, AGI, in theory, is capable of exceeding human
capacity for understanding topics and can master more individual areas
than any human can.
Musk left OpenAI earlier this
year over disagreements about the future of the organization and the
technology, as well as competition for the same research talent at his other
companies, Tesla and SpaceX, according to a report by Bloomberg
Azure cloud-computing platform will host and power the new technology in an
exclusive partnership. In fact, most of the $1 billion investment will be used
on the raw computing power necessary to accomplish the machine learning behind
AGI. Microsoft will also develop software and machine learning tools based on
In fact, in a
statement, OpenAI said: "We believe that the creation of beneficial AGI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity."