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Microsoft's strategic move towards becoming a robotics powerhouse - unveiling 5 key investments

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Alina  Chernomorets

Published by: Alina Chernomorets

07 March 2024, 02:52PM

In Brief

Microsoft is intensifying its investments in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to solidify its position as a leader in the field.

The tech giant is expanding globally, with significant investments planned in AI infrastructure in the U.K., Germany, and Spain over the next few years.

Recent investments include companies like Mistral AI, Figure Robotics, Oort, Torus Robotics, and Tavolo, each contributing to different aspects of AI and robotics development.

Microsoft's partnership with Mistral AI and investments in other companies aim to drive transformative change and innovation across various sectors.

These strategic investments highlight Microsoft's commitment to advancing AI and robotics technologies and shaping the future of AI-driven industries.

In a strategic move to solidify its position as a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, Microsoft Corp. MSFT is ramping up its investments in the space. Building on its substantial $10 billion stake in OpenAI, Microsoft is doubling down on its AI ambitions by diversifying investments into an array of innovative ventures. Microsoft's foray into AI and robotics extends beyond domestic borders, with the tech giant setting its sights on global expansion.

Global Expansion Plans in AI and Robotics

With Europe emerging as a key focal point, Microsoft has announced plans to invest substantial sums in AI infrastructure across the continent. The commitment of $3.2 billion in the U.K., $3.5 billion in Germany, and $2.1 billion in Spain over the next two to three years shows Microsoft's dedication to fortifying its AI and cloud technology foundation in strategic markets.

"Over the next three years, Microsoft will spend £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) to expand its next-generation AI data center infrastructure, bringing more than 20,000 of the most advanced GPUs [graphic processing units] to the U.K. by 2026," said Microsoft in its blog.

Recent Investments in AI and Robotics Companies

  • Mistral AI: Microsoft has invested in Mistral AI, a competitor to OpenAI, providing them with access to Azure to accelerate the development of their large language models.
  • Figure Robotics: A trailblazer in humanoid robotics, Figure Robotics secured $675 million in funding from investors including Microsoft.
  • Oort: An AI-powered data cloud platform received $10 million from Microsoft among other investors.
  • Torus Robotics: With Microsoft's backing, India-based Torus Robotics is driving advancements in ground-based autonomous systems.
  • Tavolo: Offers an AI-driven content creation and marketing platform with investments from Microsoft, Kevin O'Leary, and Techstars.

Microsoft has embraced an ambitious journey to catalyze the next wave of AI and robotics innovation. These strategic investments underscore the company’s commitment to driving technological progress and shaping the future of AI-driven industries.

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