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Microsoft And Aptos Labs To Partner On AI And Web3 Initiatives

Milestone Date: August 9, 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Microsoft announced it is partnering with Aptos Labs on AI and Web3 initiatives. This partnership will involve Microsoft's AI models being trained using Aptos' blockchain data, and Aptos will run validator nodes on Microsoft’s Azure cloud to enhance reliability and security.

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The partnership reflects a broader trend of integrating AI with Web3. “We predict that AI will be infused into Web3 solutions at greater scale in the coming months and years,” said Daniel An, global director of business development for AI and Web3 at Microsoft, in an email to TechCrunch.

In his email, An leaned into some of the more common themes surrounding the intersection of blockchain and AI, such as the authenticity of the data that AI relies on, the elimination of possible biases in that data, and the overall trustworthiness and credibility of AI algorithms.

The TechCrunch article speculated that Microsoft may have partnered with Aptos Labs because of claims that the Aptos mainnet can achieve 160,000 transactions per second. However, at the time of publication of this article, no mainnet of any blockchain has sustainably achieved that level of throughput. Theoretically, however, for any public blockchain to play a role in the machine-learning aspect of AI, that chain would need to sustain a high number of transactions per second to not only support certain AI application(s) but to simultaneously support any other applications that have been developed to run on that chain.

It is worth noting that the deal included the appearance of a quid pro quo. While Microsoft may be exploring the applications of blockchain to AI using the Aptos chain, Aptos will also be running validator nodes on Microsoft Azure service.

By Elizabeth Morrison

Published:August 9, 2023



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