The CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk alongside other company titans are increasing funds towards AI research conducted by the OpenAI research company. This investment is extremely substantial, reaching almost $1 billion in funds.
Elon Musk has formed this funding group with other technology enthusiasts like Jessica Livingston and Sam Altman in order to make AI research as free as possible. The group in question does not expect any profits from their billion dollar investment, they only hope to push this research as far as possible in order to benefit the public masses worldwide, as well as scientists and researchers.
By making the research company OpenAI free from the hassle of gathering investments constantly in order to fund their research, they can make the process as free flowing as possible, without having the problem of monetary profit on their minds. This is due to the fact that advancements in this field will benefit human society on a global scale, including the company in question.
Even if AI is still viewed with skepticism by both some sides of the scientific masses as well as the public at large, its development will either alleviate the mistrust towards this type of intelligence or raise even more criticisms along the way. Either way, in order to further clarify our views on this matter, we must first develop a suitable AI.
It is important to note that the OpenAI company will try to create a human-level AI, without dabbling in the sci-fi notion of an AI a million times smarter than its creators. Even so, we still do not know the capabilities of such an intelligence when subjected to factors like the internet. Taking into account that an Artificial Intelligence will be capable of learning everything the human species knows in a matter of minutes, this subject is still considered a bit taboo in some circles.
This current move towards the development of an AI is not only underway at OpenAI, with other multimedia companies like Facebook and Google attempting to create their own versions as well. Even though each company focuses on developing an AI on its own, they still form a type of alliance between themselves because of the major leap in human evolution that this AI will bring alongside it.
Because of this starting investment, OpenAI will be free to publish its findings in the AI department without having its own self-interest take first place in the matter. If other companies would approach this matter at hand in a similar manner, advancements would be made in a much faster way. The saying ‘Two heads are better than one’ is extremely viable when researching this subject.
Even if Elon Musk alongside other company titans are increasing funds towards AI research conducted by the OpenAI, the company in question still claims that this research might hamper humanity if not approached in a safe manner. If one would make a mistake, the ‘Terminator’ series of movies might prove to be a grim vision of human race’s future.