Microsoft-OpenAI $1B partnership to build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies

Tech world is going crazy about the Microsoft partnership with Elon Musk co-founded OpenAI to develop Azure AI supercomputing technologies. Microsoft investing $1 billion is an “exclusive computing partnership,” with new AI technologies built for Microsoft’s Azure platform and existing OpenAI services ported over.

OpenAI was founded 3 years ago by Elon Musk, Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever to take Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) — the idea that machines can perform the same tasks as humans — out of abstraction and into reality while trying to limit its detrimental impact on humans. As Tesla focused on AI field, Musk departed OpenAI’s board last year to avoid conflicts.

Now Microsoft is coming together with OpenAI with its huge investment to create more human “friendly and ethical” AI technologies in the future.

According to OpenAI and Microsoft — the mission is to improve AGI to work with people to help solve currently intractable multidisciplinary problems and build secure, trustworthy and ethical AI to serve the public.

“The creation of AGI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity,” said Sam Altman, CEO, OpenAI. “Our mission is to ensure that AGI technology benefits all of humanity, and we’re working with Microsoft to build the supercomputing foundation on which we’ll build AGI. We believe it’s crucial that AGI is deployed safely and securely and that its economic benefits are widely distributed. We are excited about how deeply Microsoft shares this vision.”

“AI is one of the most transformative technologies of our time and has the potential to help solve many of our world’s most pressing challenges,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “By bringing together OpenAI’s breakthrough technology with new Azure AI supercomputing technologies, our ambition is to democratize AI — while always keeping AI safety front and center — so everyone can benefit.”

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