So Microsoft has been investing some big bucks into OpenAI, right? And now the US Federal Trade Commission is thinking about taking a closer look at this whole thing. They wanna know if any antitrust rules were broken. This comes after OpenAI was set up as a non-profit, and Microsoft’s investment doesn’t actually give them control of the company. They just get a share of the profits. But the FTC is still sniffing around.
And Microsoft has dumped over $10 billion into OpenAI, mostly to fund the computing power needed to train AI models. And now they’re trying to cram ChatGPT into every part of their business to see results. But it sounds like there’s some drama going on behind the scenes – OpenAI’s boss Sam Altman quit and then came back, which shook things up at Microsoft. So now Microsoft has sent a non-voting observer to keep an eye on things at OpenAI.
But that’s not all, ’cause now the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority wants to hear from folks about Microsoft’s relationship with ChatGPT. They wanna know if it’s creating unfair competition. And if they think it is, they’re gonna open up an official investigation.
This isn’t the first time the FTC is dealing with Microsoft either. They’ve already been looking into OpenAI’s ChatGPT over privacy and reputation concerns. And remember that huge $69 billion deal to buy Activision Blizzard? The FTC’s been trying to stop that too. Looks like Microsoft has been ruffling some feathers over at the regulators’ office. Gonna be interesting to see how this all plays out.