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Microsoft to Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Start-Up Called OpenAI

The resulting enhancements to the Azure platform will also help developers build the next generation

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The multi-year partnership will jointly develop new supercomputing technologies on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform. Pixabay

Microsoft on Monday announced to invest $1 billion in Artificial Intelligence (AI) start-up called OpenAI. The multi-year partnership will jointly develop new supercomputing technologies on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform.

The resulting enhancements to the Azure platform will also help developers build the next generation of AI applications, Microsoft said in a statement.

“By bringing together OpenAI’s breakthrough technology with new Azure AI supercomputing technologies, our ambition is to democratize AI – while always keeping AI safety front and centre – so everyone can benefit,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said.

OpenAI will port its services to run on Microsoft Azure, which it will use to create new AI technologies and deliver on the promise of artificial general intelligence.

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Microsoft on Monday announced to invest $1 billion in Artificial Intelligence (AI) start-up called OpenAI. Pixabay

Microsoft will also become OpenAI’s preferred partner for commercialising new AI technologies.

The companies will focus on building a computational platform in Azure of unprecedented scale, which will train and run increasingly advanced AI models, include hardware technologies.

“The creation of AI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity,” OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said.

Over the past decade, innovative applications of deep neural networks coupled with increasing computational power have led to continuous AI breakthroughs in areas such as vision, speech, language processing, translation, robotic control and even gaming.

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“OpenAI and Microsoft’s vision is for artificial general intelligence to work with people to help solve currently intractable multidisciplinary problems, including global challenges such as climate change, more personalized healthcare and education,” said the companies. (IANS)

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More Than 112 Million People Play Minecraft A Month: Microsoft

The popularity of video game Minecraft has been growing, with Microsoft announcing that over 112 million people play it a month

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Students in Minecraft After School Program enjoying themselves and working/building together. Wikimedia Commons

The popularity of video game Minecraft has been growing, with Microsoft announcing that over 112 million people play it a month. It’s 20 million increase over the figures reported in October 2018.

Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

Given that the game is available on almost all platform, it’s no surprise that number of players keeps growing, Windows Central reported on Saturday.

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Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.Minecraft was acquired by tech giant Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Wikimedia Commons

Often touted as virtual LEGO, the game is about fitting pieces together to create something amazing. The game is essentially a blank canvas and provides endless building blocks.

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But post-launch support and the ability of users to create content, even campaigns, are considered reasons behind its success. Hopefully, the title will continue to flourish and reach even greater heights, the report said. (IANS)