OpenAI acquires Global Illumination

Emre Çitak
Aug 17, 2023

In a groundbreaking move that underscores OpenAI's commitment to innovation, the renowned AI company has recently announced its acquisition of the New York-based AI design studio, Global Illumination. OpenAI announced this decision yesterday in a blog post.

This strategic acquisition marks OpenAI's first foray into public acquisitions and is poised to reshape the landscape of AI-powered creative tools, infrastructure, and digital experiences.

Illuminating the vision of OpenAI

Global Illumination, a startup that has been making waves in the tech scene, has harnessed the power of AI to revolutionize creative processes. With an impressive track record of building cutting-edge tools and transforming digital experiences, Global Illumination's expertise aligns seamlessly with OpenAI's vision of pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence.

As the mastermind behind the viral AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT, OpenAI continues to explore new frontiers. The acquisition of Global Illumination is expected to synergize with OpenAI's core products, amplifying their capabilities and expanding their reach. This move demonstrates OpenAI's determination to harness the potential of AI across various domains, from conversation to creative design.

OpenAI acquires Global Illumunation
Global Illumination has worked with industry powerhouses such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google and Riot Games - Screenshot from Global Illumination

Read alsoOpenAI reveals new web crawler named GPTBot.

A bridge between art and technology

The acquisition isn't just a financial transaction; it's a convergence of talent, innovation, and creativity. By combining OpenAI's expertise in AI research and development with Global Illumination's prowess in AI-driven creative solutions, a new era of AI-powered artistry and design is on the horizon. This partnership holds the promise of redefining how we perceive and interact with digital content.

While the specifics of the deal remain undisclosed, the implications are far-reaching. OpenAI's acquisition of Global Illumination is poised to drive advancements not only within the companies themselves but also across the broader AI landscape. As technology continues to evolve, this strategic move positions OpenAI at the forefront of AI-driven design innovation.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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