Microsoft consolidates its partnership with OpenAI by launching the third phase of the multi-year plan which sees it engaged in its planning, while not only Google is preparing to advance on the market. China is certainly not standing by.
What Microsoft does
Microsoft consolidates its partnership with OpenAI and as announced by the Redmond giant itself, the multi-year plan between the two companies has entered its third phase with an investment of around 10 billion euros, with a very specific objective: support and accelerate the advancement of AI and enhance applications with cloud computing platform Azure.
Google does not stand by: Sparrow arrives
Faced with all the success encountered by the public release of ChatGPT, Google decides to counter by bringing to light an “old” whitepaper from 2020 and “re-proposing” Google Sparrow.
To reveal it to the Time has been Demis HassabisCEO of DeepMind Technologiesa company acquired by Google in 2014. Deepmind is developing a “private beta” version, which could be ready during 2023 and will make up for all the functional deficiencies of ChatGPT, such as the ability to cite sources through reinforcement learning.
After all, DeepMind Technologies is not new in taking on challenges that focus on AI. AphaFold, in 2020, has shown that it knows how to determine with extreme precision the so-called “protein folding” and accurately predict protein structures, providing open access to over 200 million protein structure predictions to accelerate scientific research.
Sparrow, also like ChatGPT generative artificial intelligence, will present characteristics that will differentiate it from OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Equal questions from the user, for example, there will be more accurate answers, learning from their mistakes through the reinforcement learning.
What is reinforcement learning
Reinforcement learning is a machine learning technique in which a computer learns to perform a task through repeated trial-and-error interactions with a dynamic environment. The computer will make a series of decisions that maximize activity, without human intervention.
What will Sparrow do
Also, Sparrow will be integrated directly into Google Search and therefore will be able to count on updates substantially in real time, unlike ChatGPT, which, to date, has a database updated to 2020 and does not have a direct connection to the internet.
Sparrow, then, should have one more natural conversation compared to ChatGPT and this will make it easier and more captivating in using experience.
AI can generate music
Google, however, is also experimenting with other AI projects.
A few hours ago it became known that Google researchers have created an Artificial Intelligence capable of generate music, even sungstarting from a written text, just as DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion or Midjourney generate images from a text.
Google’s model is called MusicLM and is based on a data set called MusicCaps, which includes 5,500 pieces of music. By interpreting the text that describes the music you want to obtain, MusicLM it can generate 24 kHz music audio files even a few minutes long and with sung parts, as you can verify who.
Google appears to have no intention of releasing an open model of MusicLM, because it recognizes “the risk of potential misappropriation of creative content”.
China makes its voice heard with Baidu
While Time is the mouthpiece of Google’s countermoves, Bloomberg, a few hours ago, launches an important news.
“Baidu Inc. is planning to roll out an AI chatbot service similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, according to a person familiar with the matter, potentially China’s top voice”.
China’s largest search engine company plans to debut a ChatGPT-style application in the month of Marchinitially incorporating an AI solution into its core research services.
Shares of the company rose as much as 5.8% after Bloomberg’s report, the biggest intraday gain in nearly four weeks.
Baidu has spent billions of dollars researching AI solutions that would enable the transition from online marketing to top-performing technology.
His system Erniea large-scale machine learning model, which has been trained on data over several years, will be the basis of its next ChatGPT.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT has piqued the interest of Chinese users despite censorships imposed by the Chinese government. Besides Baidu, several Chinese startups are exploring generative AI and have attracted investors such as Sequoia and Sinovation Ventures.
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