Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI to pursue holy grail of artificial intelligence

Some of OpenAI’s recent work has included improving robot dexterity. | Photo: OpenAI

Microsoft is investing $1 billion in OpenAI, a San Francisco-based research lab founded by Silicon Valley luminaries, including Elon Musk and Sam Altman, that’s dedicated to creating artificial general intelligence (AGI).

The investment will make Microsoft the “exclusive” provider of cloud computing services to OpenAI, and the two companies will work together to develop new technologies. OpenAI will also license some of its tech to Microsoft to commercialize, though when this may happen and what tech will be involved has yet to be announced.

OpenAI began as a nonprofit research lab in 2015 and was intended to match the high-tech R&D of companies like…

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