OpenAI Suffers $540M Loss in 2022, Contemplates $100B More to Conquer AI
As the AI race heats up, OpenAI may need as much as $100 billion to reach its goal of developing artificial general intelligence, highlighting the steep financial challenges other AI startups may encounter in a rapidly developing market.
OpenAI reported a staggering loss of $540 million in 2022, generating a mere $28 million in revenue as development expenses for ChatGPT surged
First reported by The Information, it seems that a large portion of these losses can be attributed to the high costs of training language models and the pricey technical talent the company has brought on board to advance its AI progress.
OpenAI initially projected $200 million in revenue for 2023; however, internal estimates indicate that the company will surpass this forecast
The rapid adoption of ChatGPT's paid "Plus" plan along with API customers using OpenAI's language models, such as social media app Snap, will both contribute significantly to 2023's revenue.
As part of this investment, Microsoft secured rights to 75% of OpenAI's profits until its principal is repaid, as well as additional rights to 49% of profits thereafter.
This week, Inflection AI launched its own chatbot, Pi, after raising a massive $225 million seed round led by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and DeepMind leader Mustafa Suleyman. Despite being substantial, this funding pales in comparison to the capital OpenAI has amassed.
as ChatGPT dominates the market, early reviews of Pi seem underwhelming
Pitchbook estimates the global generative AI market will reach $42.6 billion in 2023, but skeptics doubt that startups will benefit.
On Twitter, Lessin shared his skepticism, "I am very very very skeptical that the value of generative AI will be captured by startups vs. incumbents.”
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