OpenAI and Microsoft Form Partnership to Build New Azure AI Supercomputing Technologies

By Chantal Polsonetti

Category:
Acquisition or Partnership

Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI have partnered to further extend Microsoft Azure’s capabilities in large-scale AI systems.  Through this partnership, the companies will accelerate AI and power OpenAI’s efforts to create artificial general intelligence (AGI).  The resulting enhancements to the Azure platform will also help developers build the next generation of AI applications.  The partnership covers the following:

  • Microsoft and OpenAI will jointly build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies
  • OpenAI will port its services to run on Microsoft Azure, which it will use to create new AI technologies and deliver on the promise of artificial general intelligence
  • Microsoft will become OpenAI’s preferred partner for commercializing new AI technologies

The companies will focus on building a computational platform in Azure, which will train and run increasingly advanced AI models, include hardware technologies that build on Microsoft’s supercomputing technology, and adhere to the two companies’ shared principles on ethics and trust.  This will create the foundation for advancements in AI to be implemented in a safe, secure and trustworthy way.

OpenAI and Microsoft’s vision is for artificial general intelligence to work with people to help solve currently intractable multidisciplinary problems, including global challenges, such as climate change, more personalized healthcare and education.

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