Artificial intelligence makes a booming comeback with OpenAI venture backed by Silicon Valley stars Peter Thiel, Elon Musk or Reid Hoffman. A huge host of other resounding names are involved with the newly established open-source OpenAI venture.
The crowd’s efforts will be led by Ilya Sutskever, lead expert on machine learning. What’s the benefit to be drawn from open-source artificial intelligence research? For once, transparency and a mutual reassurance that none of the individual practices of the varying companies are working against others.
After all, achieving artificial intelligence comparable to human level should benefit humanity beyond any one company. For now, artificial intelligence research is certainly driving technological advancements to new heights. The OpenAI project is benefiting from an initial backing budget of 1 billion dollars.
The news that Artificial intelligence makes a booming comeback with OpenAI venture is certainly good. However, we’re left in a bit of a fuzz as to what the project is all about. How is the 1 billion dollars going to be spent? A quick look on the website will bring to the front a long list of resounding names involved in the project. The manifesto of OpenAI is also there. And a standing promise that great achievements lie ahead.
The OpenAI project is envisioned as a not-for-profit company focused on artificial intelligence research. The post on the website reads:
“Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return”.
Some of the members involved in the OpenAI project have been quite vocal against the rise of artificial intelligence. The many media entries stand as proof that Elon Musk for instance repeatedly warned of an unchecked growth of research in this domain. Perhaps it is precisely the goal of the OpenAI project to keep the potential human level artificial intelligence from exploding into a Skynet scenario.
After all, even Elon Musk is backing DeepMind and Tesla just announced that self-driving Tesla cars will be available in as much as two years. It’s all about the right kind of artificial intelligence research and innovations.
For instance, an open-source artificial intelligence venture could steer the industry away from developing artificial intelligence weapons. There is already a 3D printed gun out there, delivered by Defense Distributed. Coupling these technological innovations could lead to a bleak scenario. The world seems to be far from these scenarios for now.
Nonetheless, the more safeguards for the future appear, the better. OpenAi project seems to be one of the safeguards, regardless of the loosely defined activity scope.
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