GovInfoSecurity.com reported that the “U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are set to spearhead antitrust investigations into Microsoft, OpenAI and Nvidia that could potentially reshape the burgeoning commercial artificial intelligence industry.” The June 6, 2024 article entitled “US Regulators Intensify Antitrust Scrutiny of AI Developers” (https://tinyurl.com/38mbw7pz) included these comments:

 The probes were first reported Thursday after U.S. regulators seemingly reached an agreement on how to move forward with investigating Microsoft’s $13 billion investment into the ChatGPT maker, as well as whether Nvidia violated antitrust laws in its development of next-generation AI chips.

The FTC will lead the investigation into OpenAI and Microsoft, which first invested $1 billion in the AI startup in 2019 and has since assumed a 49% stake in the company. The Justice Department will oversee a separate probe into Nvidia, which the industry increasingly relies on for high-performance semiconductors to power AI products, according to The New York Times.

Neither the FTC nor Justice immediately responded to requests for comment. Nvidia, Microsoft and OpenAI were silent about the news on Thursday, though all three companies have previously confirmed their AI operations were the subject of regulatory scrutiny in other regions, including the European Union.

The news comes after the FTC previously opened an inquiry into leading AI startups such as OpenAI, Amazon, Google and Microsoft in January as part of a broader effort to determine whether tech giants were exerting undue influence over the emerging technology industry. FTC Chair Lina Khan said at the time that the commission would examine “the investments and partnerships being formed between AI developers and major cloud service providers.”

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First published at https://www.vogelitlaw.com/blog/what-do-you-about-think-about-ai-antitrust-investigations