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Microsoft Plans To Broaden ChatGPT Access As OpenAI Investment Rumors Circulate

Microsoft Plans To Broaden ChatGPT Access As OpenAI Investment Rumors Circulate
Microsoft Corp. has announced that it is expanding access to widely successful software from OpenAI, a startup it is supporting whose futuristic ChatGPT chatbot has captured Silicon Valley's attention.
Microsoft announced that the startup's technology, which it had previously previewed to its cloud-computing customers through a program called the Azure OpenAI Service, is now generally available, a distinction that is expected to result in a flood of new usage.
The news comes as Microsoft considers increasing its $1 billion stake in OpenAI, which it announced in 2019. Two people familiar with the situation previously told Reuters. Earlier this month, the news site Semafor reported that Microsoft might invest $10 billion; Microsoft declined to comment on any potential deal.
Following the November release of ChatGPT, a text-based chatbot that can draft prose, poetry, or even computer code on command, public interest in OpenAI skyrocketed. ChatGPT is powered by generative artificial intelligence, which generates new content after training on massive amounts of data – technology that Microsoft is making available to more customers.
ChatGPT will soon be available via Microsoft's cloud, not just its underlying technology, according to a blog post.
Microsoft stated that it is vetting customers' applications to mitigate potential software abuse, and that its filters can screen for harmful content that users may input or that the technology may produce.
The commercial potential of such software has resulted in massive venture capital investment in startups producing it, at a time when funding is otherwise scarce. Some businesses have already used the technology to create marketing content or demonstrate how they could negotiate a cable bill.
Microsoft stated that its Azure OpenAI service was used by CarMax, KPMG, and others. According to the press release, an Al Jazeera vice president stated that the service could help the news organization summarize and translate content.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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