Microsoft CEO defends OpenAI partnership scrutinized by antitrust authorities

Microsoft CEO defends OpenAI partnership scrutinized by antitrust authorities

As of 2019, Microsoft has invested approximately $13 billion in the OpenAI start-up created in 2015. (Photo: 123RF)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday defended his group’s partnership with OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company behind ChatGPT, an investment in the crosshairs of European competition police.

As of 2019, the software giant has invested approximately US$13 billion in the Californian startup created in 2015. The European Commission is now investigating whether the investment needs a green light from its antitrust services. The UK’s competition watchdog (CMA) also announced in early December that it was investigating the partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI.

“Partnerships are a way to have competition,” Satya Nadella said during a Bloomberg event on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“It’s clear to me” that the partnership is “pro-competitive,” he assured, stressing the “big risk” Microsoft is taking.

Microsoft indicated in late November that a representative of the group would join OpenAI’s board as an observer after a tussle over whether or not Sam Altman would remain at the helm of the company. The latter is finally back, backed by Microsoft.

ChatGPT has shown the general public the potential of generative artificial intelligence, which allows the creation of texts, photos, sounds or videos in seconds, in response to a user’s request, for a wide range of uses.

The technology, whose growth is expected to be exponential, will revolutionize the work of some professions, with an increase in productivity and an expected major impact on the competitiveness of companies.

But the rise of artificial intelligence is facilitating disinformation, which a recent World Economic Forum report highlighted as one of the greatest risks to humanity as billions of people around the world head to the polls this year.

Satya Nadella expressed his belief that the risks of artificial intelligence will be limited in several elections this year that will affect billions of people around the world.

“It’s not like this is the first election where misinformation, disinformation or interference is going to be a real challenge that we have to face,” he said. “As a society, we’re going to have to do theĀ  job we can.”

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