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  • Mal McCallion

Microsoft and Aptos Labs: A Web3 and AI Powerhouse Partnership

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

In the tech world, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a sweetheart.

It's no shocker then that Microsoft, a major player in the AI space, is expanding its influence. The tech giant recently announced a partnership with layer-1 blockchain Aptos Labs to explore AI and web3.

The collaboration will allow Microsoft's AI models to be trained using Aptos' verified blockchain data. Aptos will also run validator nodes for its blockchain on Microsoft's Azure cloud, promising improved reliability and security.

"We predict that AI will be infused into web3 solutions at greater scale in the coming months and years," says Daniel An, Microsoft's global director of business development for AI and web3. He highlights the need for transparency, trust, and verification of AI-generated content, which blockchain can provide.

Mo Shaikh, co-founder and CEO of Aptos Labs, echoes this sentiment. "Everything we capture onchain is verified and that verification can [help] train these models in a way that you're relying on credible information."

The partnership also aims to make web3 tech more accessible to mature tech companies. Applications like the GitHub Copilot integration and Aptos Assistant, an AI chatbot, could help non-web3-native companies access smart contracts and other decentralised tech.

Shaikh is optimistic about the future of crypto and the potential of web3 and AI integration. "This is an important signal to pay attention to," he says. With Microsoft and Aptos exploring a "Financial Services solution" and other potential projects, the implications of web3 and AI could transform a range of sectors.

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