MUMBAI, India, February 7, 2024 - Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, threw down a gauntlet to the industry today, declaring the company's AI technology the best in the world and welcoming future competition.
Microsoft Claims Top Spot in AI LLM Race, CEO Nadella Says "Competition will Arrive"
"We have the best model today," Nadella said at a company event in Mumbai. "Even with all the hype, one year after, GPT-4 is better." GPT-4 refers to a rival AI language model from Open AI.
Nadella's bold statement comes amidst an intensifying race to develop large language models (LLMs), powerful AI systems capable of generating human-quality text and code. While Microsoft has made significant strides in AI, competitors like Google, Meta, and OpenAI are also pouring resources into the field.
Nadella's comments also highlighted Microsoft's growing focus on the Indian market. He acknowledged India's rapidly growing talent pool in AI development and announced plans to offer AI skilling opportunities to 2 million Indians by next year.
"This is the first time I feel what's happening in India and the rest of the world, there's no gap," Nadella said. "If anything, the use cases here are so unique and paving their own path."
Microsoft also showcased Karya, an "ethical data company" that creates datasets in multiple Indian languages to train AI models while providing jobs and education to rural communities.
Nadella's message is clear: Microsoft believes it has a leading edge in AI, but the company welcomes the competition. With India emerging as a key player in AI development, the race for AI supremacy is poised to heat up further.