Two people familiar with the matter previously told Reuters that Microsoft is considering adding to its $1 billion stake in OpenAI. Earlier this month, Semafor reported Microsoft might invest $10 billion; Microsoft declined to comment.
In November, OpenAI released ChatGPT, a text-based chatbot that can draft prose, poetry, and even computer code on command.
It said in a blog post that ChatGPT itself would soon be available via Microsoft’s cloud.
To mitigate potential abuse of its software, Microsoft said its filters can screen for harmful content users might input or the tech might produce.
The business potential of such software has attracted massive venture capital investment in startups that produce it, when funding has been scarce. Some companies have already used the technology to create marketing content or demonstrate how to negotiate cable bills.
Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI service is used by CarMax, KPMG, and others. According to the press release, an Al Jazeera vice president said the service could help summarize and translate content.
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