It’s only been a week since Microsoft announced the layoffs of 10,000 employees across various divisions (including game studios), but it’s now revealed that it will invest billions of dollars in promoting breakthroughs in AI. Microsoft is pumping money into futuristic tech company OpenAI, which operates the annoying ChatGPT chatbot Turing and its arty relative DALL-E. OpenAI has received two investments from Microsoft, one in 2019 and one in 2021. This third investment is intended to be “multi-year” and “multi-billion dollars”, allowing both companies to “trade” independently commercialize” any budding Skynet.
In a statement about them company blog, Microsoft says the research partnership will focus on three key areas: supercomputing at scale, the cloud, and “new AI-powered experiences.” That last one is relevant to us, because Microsoft is planning to use OpenAI’s technology in their consumer products. Whether that means Microsoft’s Windows software or its Xbox and PC games has yet to be publicly discussed, but it’s possible that advances in responsive AI or asset creation could be incorporated into both. two in the future.
AI technology has been applied to games. I wrote about DALL-E’s success in creating character portraits for Baldur’s Gate and Google engineers recently used AI to create images for the classic text adventure zork. Microsoft even drop AI into the text adventure maze since 2018 to train them, and earlier this month they said they were testing AI to create realistic voice from text. Smart clogs ChatGPT only through the The same goes for the US medical licensing exam, and it seems to be doing pretty well in the attempt to get a business degree, so it probably won’t be difficult to pretend to be a Khajit skooma dealer to sell. shows you some of its products in future Elder Scrolls games.
Either way, this announcement feels ill-timed. Microsoft lay off thousands of employees last week, including employees at Bethesda, the manager of Halo 343 Industries and the Gears The Coalition team. The company is still in the process of acquiring Call Of Duty and Overwatch publisher, Activision Blizzard. 68.7 billion USD (£56bn), a deal announced last January.