Microsoft is on fire this week after it announced on Monday, September 21, that it had landed a $7.5 billion deal to acquire Zenimax and all of its prominent video game properties. Then, it seems that the future of Xbox's platform seems to look brighter, and just on Tuesday, Microsoft announced a deal with OpenAI to acquire an exclusive licensing for their GPT-3 language model.
For years, OpenAI has primarily known due to early investor Elon Musk. But recently, its autoregressive language models are claiming people's attention, and big investors are coming forward to invest in their company.
One of these companies is Microsoft, which invested billions of dollars in the secretive company last year. Just this morning, the tech giant announced that it is exclusively licensing the GPT-3 language model for an undisclosed amount.
Exclusive Licensing of GPT-3 Language Model
In an era when lofty claims of AI capability seem impossible to the point, some resort to dishonesty, but some can change how people see the world. Although GPT-3 is not the world's computer brain, it is a convincing language model that can outperform previous technologies that mimicks human-like speech and take straightforward instruction in the English language.
GPT-3's power of doing such thing has caught the attention of tech companies, specifically Microsoft, which beats its competition.
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Microsoft's executive vice president and chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, wrote in a statement that they are excited to leverage the technical innovations of GPT-3 to develop and deliver advanced AI solutions for customers and provide innovative solutions that harness the power of language models.
Although the statement did not specifically say what "solutions" Microsoft has in mind to offer their customers, it only has emphasized the value of GPT-3 to Microsoft, saying that they will utilize GPT-3's capabilities to their products and services.
They added that the works of OpenAI benefits "human creativity and ingenuity in writing and composition, describing and summarizing large blocks of long-form data (including code), converting natural language to another language."
It is not yet clear what the licensing covers, but Microsoft said that they would have access to the unique code behind the GPT-3 model that includes a set of technological advancements that could be used to integrate their services and products and deliver AI-powered solutions to their consumers.
GPT-3 for Content Generation
Scott clarified that developers will still have access to OpenAI's closed API. OpenAI also said that the deal between Microsoft does not affect the continued access to the GPT-3 model through its API.
Microsoft is focusing on enterprise solutions that could make use of the GPT-3 model for content generation, automated chatbots or customer service, simple web design, voice assistant optimization, translation services, job interviews, and writing online articles.
According to Scott, GPT-3 has a lot of potential and that they are yet to imagine. That unknown has caused many issues regarding its possible abuse and inherent biases that are likely found in most learning products.
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