Beacon Transcript – The tech giant Microsoft and the non-profit organization, OpenAI, will be partnering up as they are both looking forward towards a positive and useful AI future.
The two parts of the partnerships will be the Microsoft artificial intelligence (AI) research division and also OpenAI.
OpenAI is a non-profit organization which was founded last year, in December, and is funded by billionaire Elon Musk. The project was also co-founded with the president of Y Combinator, Sam Altman.
The non-profit aims to develop useful AI technology that will come to have a beneficial effect on our current and future societies.
Microsoft Research, the company branch to be involved in the project, is a valuable contributor to the open-source technological area.
The Microsoft Azure, which will also become the preferred OpenAI cloud platform, already offers a number of highly useful features.
Amongst them, one can include the Azure Machine Learning, the Azure Batch, and also the Cognitive Toolkit. These are all services which support and could help advance AI workloads.
A recorded interview saw declarations from both the president of the Microsoft AI Research Group, Harry Shum and the OpenAI co-chair and co-founder, Sam Altman.
According to the aforementioned Altman, Microsoft is the closest large technology company to align to the non-profit’s artificial intelligence belief and goals.
The same Altman continued by declaring that the project is aiming to create a very important, democratic technology. Such a technology should be made available to everyone, not just a specific area, profile, or geographical area.
As such, the nonprofit has stated and will seek to share its knowledge directly or by collaborating with other interested parties that have a similar goal.
OpenAI will not be the only one to benefit from the Microsoft support. The giant tech company’s division will start collaborating with some of the domain brightest mind.
The partnership could lead to import advances and breakthroughs in the machine intelligence area. All their gathered forces will be working towards a common goal and in the same field of research problems.
Microsoft Research could also come to benefit from the partnership following the high-level research which will be executed on its Azure platform.
The high-level AI could come to prove its efficiency which could, in turn, attract other AI interested companies.
The Azure services and its cloud services have already become one of the company’s most lucrative and fastest-growing domains. That is due, in part, to the fact that Azure users transitions into being cloud service paying customers.
Following the OpenAI collaboration announcement, Microsoft also revealed the release of the Azure Bot Services. The service will be based on the Microsoft Bot Framework and the Azure Functions which are serverless.
The new service should come to offer the most cost-efficient and easy developers bot experience. By using the Azure Functions, the developers will only pay the host for the bot’s actual working time.
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