Microsoft confirms ‘multiyear, multibillion dollar investment’ in the maker of ChatGPT and DALL-E

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Confirming a rumor (opens in new tab) that surfaced earlier this month, Microsoft has announced a “multiyear, multibillion dollar investment (opens in new tab)” with ChatGPT developer OpenAI which it says will help accelerate breakthroughs in artificial intelligence development and “ensure these benefits are broadly shared with the world.”

Two of OpenAI’s creations have been at the forefront of major tech news in recent months: ChatGPT, a chatbot convincing enough that the New York City Department of Education banned it from school networks (opens in new tab) and devices, and DALL-E (opens in new tab), a powerful image creation program that’s fuelling some man-vs-machine controversy (opens in new tab) of its own. Microsoft has played a role in enabling both of those technologies, with previous investments into OpenAI in 2019 and 2021.