The Microsoft made public announcement that it has licensed OpenAI sophisticated GPT-3 language model that can generate disturbingly human-like text in applications ranging from commercial bots to creative writing.
After it has invested $1 billion in the San Francisco start up last year to become OpenAI’s exclusive cloud partner, Microsoft will get access to the language tech for itself and its Azure cloud customers.
OpenAI released GPT-3 just a few of months ago to a limited group of developers, but it has already generated massive amounts of buzz.
However, it’s the largest language model ever trained, and is capable of not just mundane tasks like auto-generating business correspondence, but also creative or technical chores like poetry, memes and computer code.
The code is so powerful that OpenAI initially refused to publish research on the earlier GPT-2 model for fear it could be abused to write fake news.
Regardless of the huge size and power of the model, it’s also surprisingly easy to use.
“Unlike most AI systems which are designed for one use-case, OpenAI’s API today provides a general-purpose ‘text in, text out’ interface, allowing users to try it on virtually any English language task.
“GPT-3 is the most powerful model behind the API today, with 175 billion parameters,” the company wrote on a blog.
At the same time, OpenAI said that others can continue to use the model. “The deal has no impact on continued access to the GPT-3 model through OpenAI’s API, and existing and future users of it will continue building applications with our API as usual,” the company indicated.