The European Union mentioned Tuesday it’s inspecting Microsoft’s multibillion-dollar funding in OpenAI, the synthetic intelligence (AI) firm behind the favored ChatGPT instrument, and whether or not it’s topic to the bloc’s merger guidelines.
“The European Fee is checking whether or not Microsoft’s funding in OpenAI may be reviewable underneath the EU Merger Regulation,” the EU’s govt arm mentioned in a press launch.
The disclosure got here as a part of calls from the European Fee on Tuesday for suggestions from events about “the extent of competitors within the context of digital worlds and generative AI.”
The fee additionally famous it’s trying into already accomplished agreements between giant digital market gamers and generative AI builders and suppliers and their impression on market dynamics.
The connection between Microsoft and OpenAI has drawn elevated scrutiny in latest months, following the high-profile ouster and return of OpenAI co-founder and CEO Sam Altman.
Simply days after Altman was ousted by OpenAI’s board of administrators in November, Microsoft introduced it was hiring him to guide a brand new AI analysis staff.
Nevertheless, after tons of of OpenAI workers threatened to give up, Altman was shortly introduced again to guide the AI firm. A number of days later, OpenAI introduced Microsoft would have a nonvoting place on the corporate’s board.
In early December, the UK’s Competitors and Markets equally introduced it was launching an preliminary evaluate of Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI and whether or not it has “resulted in a related merger scenario.”
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