Microsoft anticipates the launch of a revamped version of their Bing search engine utilizing technology from OpenAI, the creator of the highly-anticipated ChatGPT chatbot tool. This unveiling is scheduled to take place during an event at Microsoft’s headquarters on Tuesday.
The event, organized to “present some developments on several thrilling projects,” as stated in the invitation sent last week, will feature speeches from Satya Nadella and other executives. Initially, the invitation requested that attendees keep the event confidential. However, after Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai declared the release of their own chatbot, “Bard,” in a blog post on Monday, the confidentiality restriction was lifted.
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, recently tweeted a photo with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, leading many to believe the event will center around OpenAI. Microsoft declined to make any comment.
According to Microsoft insiders, the company intends to utilize a more advanced AI similar to the one behind ChatGPT to offer users answers to certain searches, as reported by The Information and Semafor.
While GPT-3, the language model that powers ChatGPT, has 175 billion parameters, the expected GPT-4 is believed to possess 100 trillion parameters, making it much more potent. As one Microsoft insider who was involved in the OpenAI partnership noted, “You can imagine how much more powerful it will be. It will fundamentally alter things like search.”
Microsoft recently declared a “multibillion-dollar” investment in OpenAI, following earlier investments in 2019 and 2021. The most recent investment was reported to be $10 billion. A source familiar with the terms of the 2019 agreement stated that the investment included a repayment commitment from OpenAI through spending on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The terms of the current deal remain unclear.