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Microsoft scores Tesla AI contract

by on16 November 2016

Cloud based AI for cars

Software king of the world Microsoft has won a contract with Tesla OpenAI, the non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research firm backed by Tesla Motors.

Under the deal, Tesla will test most of its large-scale experiments on Vole’s flagship cloud service, Azure. OpenAI will use Azure for its experiments in deep learning and AI, and Microsoft will collaborate with the company on advancing research and creating new tools and technologies.

Other backers involved in the project include media friendly tech investor Peter Thiel and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

OpenAI is an early adopter of Microsoft's Azure N-Series Virtual Machines service, which will be generally available from December. These cloud-computing services, which are powered by Nvidia GPUs, are designed for the most intensive computing workloads, including deep learning and simulations.

"In the coming months we will use thousands to tens of thousands of these machines to increase both the number of experiments we run and the size of the models we train," OpenAI said in a blogpost.

The non-profit was created last December to create AI that augments human capabilities. The investors have committed $1 billion to the start-up, but OpenAI said it expects to spend only a "tiny fraction" of that in the next few years.

OpenAI will continue to release open-source software to make it easier for people to run large-scale AI workloads on the cloud, and will provide Microsoft with feedback to ensure that Azure's capabilities keep pace with its advances in AI.

Last modified on 16 November 2016
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