Microsoft May Back ChatGPT Creator With $10 Billion Investment – CNET

Microsoft is in talks to invest a further $10 billion into OpenAI, the creator of the wildly popular ChatGPT, according to Semafor report published Tuesday.

The report, which cites people familiar with the matter, says the proposal currently calls for Microsoft to inject money over multiple years. If the deal pushes through, it would value Open AI, an AI research lab founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman among others, at $29 billion dollars.

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This latest round would also potentially mark an increase Microsoft’s stake in OpenAI following a $1 billion investment in cash and cloud credits back in 2019. Microsoft is reportedly working to launch a version of its Bing search engine that is powered by the AI tech used in ChatGPT before the end of March, as it seeks to edge out Google.

ChatGPT,  an AI-powered chatbot, shot to mainstream fame last year for its ability to answer questions via text in a human-like manner based on written prompts and carry on a conversation. It offers answers (even poetry) that are more sophisticated and creative than those from previous Silicon Valley chatbots.

Microsoft and OpenAI didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

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