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Google Cloud VP Trashes ChatGPT: Not Cool

Mark Haranas

Although the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT is gaining popularity, Google Cloud’s cybersecurity sales leader is worried about its potential harm.

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Google Cloud Vice President Dominick Delfino recently took to LinkedIn to voice his concerns over ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot built by OpenAI that Microsoft is betting heavily on.

“In case you think ChatGPT is cool. This is what its being used for,” said Delfino, adding a link to a Techradar news article regarding how cybersecurity researchers from Check Point Research observed ChatGPT being used by cybercriminals to improve and build from scratch dangerous malware and ransomware.

“There needs to be governance in AI to avoid abuse like this!” Delfino said.

First introduced in November, OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT is gaining popularity due to its ability to create human-like conversational text when responding to prompts or questions by users.

[Related: Satya Nadella Confirms 10,000 Microsoft Layoffs]

Delfino is global vice president of cybersecurity sales at Google Cloud and has held top executive positions at VMware, Pure Storage and Cisco Systems.

He could not be reached by press time for additional comment.

Microsoft To Inject OpenAI Into All Its Products

Microsoft has formed an extremely tight partnership with San Francisco-based OpenAI since first investing $1 billion into the startup in 2019, receiving an exclusive license to commercialize the company’s AI technology.

According to multiple reports, Microsoft is looking to invest $10 billion into OpenAI.

Microsoft’s focus on OpenAI is due to its potential to boost the company’s market share in areas like cloud computing and collaboration markets, particularly against companies including Google.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant recently said it will offer OpenAI’s AI technology, such as ChatGPT, to its large user base by integrating it into all of Microsoft’s products.

The Microsoft 365 suite, which includes Word, Outlook and Excel, competes directly against Google’s collaboration products like Google Docs and Google Workspace.

In addition, Microsoft is implementing OpenAI’s technology into its cloud platform, Azure OpenAI Service, which enables customers to access advanced AI models.

“We are excited to announce the general availability of Azure OpenAI Service as part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to democratizing AI, and ongoing partnership with OpenAI,” said Eric Boyd, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s AI Platform business, in a blog post this week.

Elon Musk, Marc Benioff Talk ChatGPT

Various technology leaders have weighed in on ChatGPT over the past few months, including Twitter CEO Elon Musk.

“ChatGPT is scary good,” said Musk on his social media platform in December. “We are not far from dangerously strong AI.”

Other leaders like Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff even jokingly said he promoted ChatGPT to his management team.

“Just promoted ChatGPT to the management team at salesforce. It’s been a real asset—never seen such efficient decision making and hilarious meeting participation!” said Benioff, adding the hashtags #AI and #futureofwork.

Satya Nadella Talks AI Amid Layoffs

Microsoft this week said it will be laying off 10,000 employees from its global workforce.

In his blog post to employees, CEO Satya Nadella highlighted Microsoft’s heavy focus on AI that will help lead the company into the future.

“The next major wave of computing is being born with advances in AI, as we’re turning the world’s most advanced models into a new computing platform,” said Nadella in his post announcing the Microsoft layoffs. “This is the context in which we as a company must strive to deliver results on an ongoing basis, while investing in our long-term opportunity.”

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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