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OpenAI Acquires Global Illumination, a New York-based AI Design Studio 

In its almost seven-year history, this is OpenAI's first public acquisition.

An AI startup called Global Illumination was acquired by OpenAI, the AI company behind the popular AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT. The AI startup Global Illumination, based in New York, uses artificial intelligence technology to create innovative tools, infrastructure, and digital experiences. 

In a short blog post that was posted on its official site, OpenAI stated that the entire team from Global Illumination has joined OpenAI to work on our flagship products such as ChatGPT. “We are very excited for the impact they’ll have here at OpenAI,” the company said. In its almost seven-year history, this is OpenAI’s first public acquisition. The agreement’s terms weren’t made public.

Thomas Dimson, Taylor Gordon, and Joey Flynn founded Global Illumination in 2021, and since then, they have worked on a variety of initiatives. With the support of venture capital firms Paradigm, Benchmark, and Slow, Global Illumination’s team planned and built products for Instagram, YouTube, Google, Pixar, Facebook, and Riot Games early on.

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Dimson played a key role in improving Instagram’s search algorithms while serving as the company’s director of engineering. He participated in the establishment of the teams in charge of IGTV, feed and Stories ranking, Instagram’s Explore tab, and general data engineering.

Biomes, an open source sandbox multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) designed for the web that resembles Minecraft, is the most recent project by Global Illumination. It’s unknown what will happen to the game after the acquisition, although it is being assumed that the team’s work at OpenAI will be less focused on entertainment.

Despite the fact that OpenAI has resisted acquisitions up until now, the organization has been running funds and grant programmes for several years to support investments in start-up AI businesses and organizations. The company is backed by billions in venture capital from Microsoft and other significant VCs. 

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Sahil Pawar
Sahil Pawar
I am a graduate with a bachelor's degree in statistics, mathematics, and physics. I have been working as a content writer for almost 3 years and have written for a plethora of domains. Besides, I have a vested interest in fashion and music.


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