Microsoft, OpenAI Announce Partnership to ‘Democratize Artificial Intelligence’

Microsoft says that it is committed to “democratizing” artificial intelligence and making it accessible to everyone and the company is partnering with OpenAI to help achieve its goal.

“Thanks to advances in fields such as reinforcement learning, we are making tangible progress in the effort to build systems that have true artificial intelligence,” said Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, online. “At Microsoft, we believe everyone deserves to be able to take advantage of these breakthroughs, in both their work and personal lives.”

Today, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with OpenAI focused on making significant contributions to advance the field of AI, while also furthering our mutual goal of using AI to tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems.

OpenAI is a nonprofit AI research organization cofounded by Elon Musk, who is also closely involved in SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity.

OpenAI is an early adopter of Azure N-Series Virtual Machines, which are designed for intensive compute workloads, including deep learning, simulations, rendering and the training of neural networks.