At its annual Build Conference, Microsoft’s revealed a new tool that uses deep learning to generate source code for office applications. The tool uses GPT-3, a massive language model developed by OpenAI last year and made available to select developers, researchers, and startups in a paid application programming interface.
Many have touted GPT-3 as the next-generation artificial intelligence technology that will usher in a new breed of applications and startups. But creating a profitable and sustainable business around GPT-3 remains a challenge.
Microsoft’s first GPT-3-powered product provides important hints about the business of large language models and the future of the tech giant’s deepening relation with OpenAI.
Microsoft has a unique market advantage to make OpenAI’s technologies available to millions of users. At the same time, its exclusive license to OpenAI’s technologies will make sure that whatever other companies do with GPT-3, Microsoft will be able to do it faster, better, and in a more cost-effective manner.
This advantage will make sure Microsoft continues to benefit from OpenAI’s technologies. And it will also make sure OpenAI remains locked into Microsoft’s platform and deep pockets. How will this affect the AI research lab’s long-term vision of scientific research?
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