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Just minutes after introducing ChatGPT competitor Google Bard, Microsoft announces a surprise press conference. The AI ​​race is on between the two giants.

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Satya Nadella, the patron of Microsoft // Source: Microsoft

Who will win the AI ​​race between Google and Microsoft? In just a few weeks, the two giants have engaged in this great battle from a distance, which could undermine the place and importance of the Google search engine in our daily lives.

This race found its first hot spot this week with the successive announcement of a conference dedicated to Google AI on Wednesday, the unveiling of the Google Bard as a response to ChatGPT, and the surprise announcement of a high-profile conference at Microsoft.

A big surprise conference

Rumors have been multiplying for several weeks about a very important announcement by Microsoft in the field of AI. The Redmond firm has reinvested several billion dollars in OpenAI, the company behind the impressive ChatGPT and Midjourney. We know you’re working on an AI integration directly into Bing, and we’ve already gotten a glimpse of it thanks to a leak.

We are a few hours away from the big presentation. To everyone’s surprise, Microsoft sent out press invitations for a conference at its headquarters in Redmond, United States. The event will take place This Tuesday, February 7, starting at 7:00 p.m., but Microsoft will not offer a live stream. Yes, we are well into 2023.

The holding of the conference in Redmond and the absence of broadcasts suggests that the organization of the conference was done in a hurry.

Towards a presentation of OpenAI GPT-4

Beyond the integration of AI to various Microsoft services, including Bing, the event of the night should be OpenAI’s presentation of GPT-4.

hello from redmond! excited for tomorrow’s event pic.twitter.com/b7TUr0ti42

—Sam Altman (@sama) February 6, 2023

The confirmed presence of Sam Altman, president of OpenAI, in Redmond leaves little doubt about the importance of his company at the event. The Bing integration is rumored to be via GPT-4, a major new AI version already powering ChatGPT (GPT-3.5) and Midjourney (GPT-3).

war is declared

One thing is certain, with this surprise conference, Microsoft intends to attack Google’s main source of income: its search engine. The sequence of the announcement of a Microsoft conference after the presentation by Google of Bard is not the result of chance. The two companies must now convince the general public that the best AI is in their respective services.

It remains to be seen how other players in the sector will react. We’re thinking in particular of Apple and Amazon and their Siri and Alexa services.

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