San Francisco Chronicle

Microsoft invests more in OpenAI


Microsoft has extended its partnershi­p with OpenAI, announcing an additional “multiyear, multibilli­on-dollar” investment in the San Francisco artificial intelligen­ce lab behind the experiment­al online chatbot ChatGPT.

The two companies did not disclose the specific financial terms of the deal.

Previously, Microsoft was in talks to invest $10 billion in OpenAI, according to a person familiar with the matter.

With the new deal, the tech giant hopes to remain at the forefront of generative artificial intelligen­ce — technologi­es that can generate text, images and other media in response to short prompts. After its surprise release at the end of November, ChatGPT — a chatbot that answers questions in clear, wellpunctu­ated prose — became the symbol of this new and more powerful wave of AI.

The fruit of more than a decade of research inside companies like OpenAI, Google and Meta, these technologi­es are poised to remake everything from online search engines to photo and graphics editors like Photoshop.

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