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New Microsoft AI model may challenge GPT-4 and Google Gemini

Otto Williams

May 7, 2024

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Microsoft has announced an ambitious new chapter in its AI saga with MAI-1, a large-scale language model poised to challenge the dominance of OpenAI's GPT-4 and Google's Gemini. This development, spearheaded by the notable AI veteran Mustafa Suleyman—former Google AI leader and recent CEO of Inflection—marks a significant pivot in Microsoft's strategy. With the infusion of more than $10 billion in OpenAI and the acquisition of Inflection's intellectual assets for $650 million, Microsoft’s MAI-1 is not just an iteration but a bold leap into AI's competitive fray.

Boasting around 500 billion parameters, MAI-1 dwarfs Microsoft’s earlier open-source efforts and aligns it with the giants. Its creation required immense computational power and a vast reservoir of training data, sourced in part from GPT-4's outputs and extensive internet corpora. This model underscores Microsoft's dual strategy: nimble, local models for handheld devices, and powerhouse models that leverage cloud computing—a strategy mirrored by Apple’s own developments.

Yet, the ultimate applications of MAI-1 remain shrouded in corporate secrecy, with performances in forthcoming weeks likely to unveil its true potential. Microsoft hints at a preview during its Build developer conference later this month, sparking anticipation and speculation in equal measure.

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Source: [Ars Technica]

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