So let’s talk about this crazy thing going on with Microsoft and OpenAI. Apparently, the US Federal Trade Commission is thinking about launching an investigation into Microsoft’s investment in the company. The big question here is whether there have been any antitrust rules broken. Now, OpenAI was set up as a non-profit back in 2015, and even though Microsoft has put a lot of money into it, they don’t actually control the company.
Microsoft’s chief communications officer, Frank X Shaw, is trying to downplay the situation, saying that the details of the agreement are confidential and that Microsoft doesn’t own any part of OpenAI. They’re just entitled to a share of the profits.
And guess what? The FTC might not be the only ones looking into this. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is also considering whether Microsoft’s relationship with ChatGPT developer could be seen as a merger that skews competition.
Microsoft has pumped over $10 billion into OpenAI to help train AI models, and now they’re trying to incorporate ChatGPT into their whole lineup. But things got a little rocky when the head of OpenAI, Sam Altman, left and then came back. That’s when Microsoft decided to send a non-voting observer to OpenAI’s board.
So yeah, this is a pretty big deal. The FTC is already looking into OpenAI’s ChatGPT over privacy and reputation issues, and they’re not exactly best friends with Microsoft. Keep an eye on this one, it’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.