Reuters news agency confirmed that Microsoft is in talks to acquire 49% of the shares of OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT, for $10 billion, the creator of the artificial intelligence robot that caused a sensation.
Microsoft's proposal involves a significant investment over several years, though the final terms are still being discussed. The conversations started many months ago, even before ChatGPT became popular on social networks due to its great comprehension and writing ability.
Another news platform, Semafor, reported the potential investment that Microsoft could make of $29 billion. According to these sources, the parties sought to close the process before the end of 2022.
Since its launch at the end of November, ChatGPT has caused a lot of talk on the Internet. The buzz was instant: in the first week alone, 1 million users used the tool. Its imitation of human conversations has fueled speculation about its ability to replace Google search.
OpenAI, co-founded by Elon Musk and Silicon Valley investor Sam Altman, proposes a business model in which the tool is free to end users because it only charges developers to license its technology. The company is already working on a new language model, GPT-4, as well as a new image generation system that should improve the ability to synthesize art and other images.
The popularity of ChatGPT has led other technology companies to promote the development of their own AI solutions. Google will be working on alternative forces for its search service, though this could mean strong changes to its advertising services. Microsoft will try to do the same, by integrating ChatGPT into its Bing search engine.