Microsoft announced it is joining the OpenAI ethical artificial intelligence project backed by Tesla‘s Elon Musk and Amazon, adding $1 billion to the project.
The partnership will be devoted to developing advanced AI models on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform while adhering to “shared principles on ethics and trust,” the companies said in a joint release.
OpenAI’s main goal is to ensure artificial intelligence can be deployed safely and securely so its economic benefits are widely distributed. Microsoft will become the preferred partner for commercializing new “supercomputing” artificial intelligence technologies developed as part of the initiative.
“AI is one of the most transformative technologies of our time and has the potential to help solve many of our world’s most pressing challenges,” said Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella.
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Innovation, like creativity, is an amorphous concept. It’s the holy grail of business, but achieving it—even merely explaining it—is lightning-in-a-bottle difficult.
In that way, Salesforce (CRM, -0.41%) is a major outlier. Despite the fact that its products are mundane business productivity tools, Salesforce has nevertheless managed to bake innovation into its very corporate fiber. It’s a company that was innovative in the way it started doing business, in how it sold its products, and in the articulation of its corporate mission.
Indeed, asking cofounder and CEO Marc Benioff, 53, to describe how Salesforce is innovative is a bit like asking Plácido Domingo to hum a few bars of a favorite aria. With little provocation Benioff will rattle off the three ways Salesforce has been a trailblazer since its inception nearly two decades ago. “I think our top three are a technology model which is now known as the cloud, the subscription business model, and our 1-1-1 model,” he says, referring to the company’s philanthropic commitment to give away 1% each of equity, products, and employee hours. Click here for more… (by Adam Lashinsky)