OpenAI purchases the AI design studio Global Illumination

OpenAI purchases the AI design studio Global Illumination

OpenAI, the company responsible for the widely known AI-driven chatbot ChatGPT, has made its inaugural public acquisition by taking over Global Illumination, a startup situated in New York. This startup focuses on utilizing AI to construct inventive tools, digital frameworks, and online experiences. The particulars of the agreement remain undisclosed.

OpenAI expressed enthusiasm about the potential influence of Global Illumination’s team, which has now joined OpenAI to contribute to core products like ChatGPT. Global Illumination, founded in 2021 by Thomas Dimson, Taylor Gordon, and Joey Flynn, has engaged in various projects. It received support from venture capital firms like Paradigm, Benchmark, and Slow. The team at Global Illumination played pivotal roles in creating products at prominent companies including Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Google, Pixar, and Riot Games.

Thomas Dimson, who served as the director of engineering at Instagram, played a key role in refining the platform’s discovery algorithms. The team’s most recent project, called Biomes, is an open-source sandbox multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) similar to Minecraft, designed for web-based play. While the future of the game is uncertain, it’s likely that the team’s efforts at OpenAI will veer away from entertainment-related projects.

While OpenAI had refrained from acquisitions until this point, the company, bolstered by substantial venture capital from Microsoft and other major players, has been actively investing in emerging AI firms and initiatives through funding and grant programs.

OpenAI is evidently striving for commercial success. Despite ChatGPT’s widespread recognition, reports indicate that the company expended over $540 million in the previous year to develop it, which included luring talent away from companies like Google. Last year, OpenAI generated $30 million in revenue. Nonetheless, CEO Sam Altman purportedly informed investors of the company’s intentions to elevate that figure to $200 million in the current year and an ambitious $1 billion the following year.