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Microsoft Corp to Expand Access to ChatGPT

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According to reports, Microsoft Corp is widening access to hugely popular software from OpenAI, a startup it is backing whose futuristic ChatGPT chatbot has captivated Silicon Valley.

Microsoft says, “The startup's tech, which it so far has previewed to its cloud-computing customers in a program it called the Azure OpenAI Service, was now generally available, a distinction that's expected to bring a flood of new usage.”

Microsoft has looked at adding to the $1 billion stake in OpenAI it announced in 2019. The news site Semafor reported earlier this month that Microsoft might invest $10 billion as per reports.

Public interest in OpenAI surged following its November release of ChatGPT, a text-based chatbot that can draft prose, poetry or even computer code on command.

ChatGPT is powered by generative artificial intelligence, which conjures new content after training on vast amounts of data - tech that Microsoft is letting more customers apply to use.

The business potential of such software has garnered massive venture-capital investment in startups producing it, at a time funding has otherwise dried up

ChatGPT itself, not just its underlying tech, will soon be available via Microsoft's cloud as per reports.

According to the company, it is inspection customers' applications to mitigate potential abuse of the software, and its filters can screen for harmful content users might input or the tech might produce.

The business potential of such software has garnered massive venture-capital investment in startups producing it, at a time funding has otherwise dried up. Already, some companies have used the tech to create marketing content or demonstrate how it could negotiate a cable bill.

According to the company, CarMax, KPMG and others were using its Azure OpenAI service.

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