What is Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Space X, up to? Many months ago he invested in a company called DeepMind, with the intent of monitoring the advance of AI; to make sure it didn’t go in evil directions that could hurt mankind. Then Google bought DeepMind. Now Elon and several others have “financed” over a billion dollars in a non-profit called OpenAI. It will be co-chaired by Elon and Sam Altman, the CEO of Y Combinator. They already have eight skilled researchers and are in the process of hiring more.
Per the company’s name, they plan to make everything they do public and open-sourced. They are not just going to be monitoring AI’s progress; they will be pushing the AI envelope themselves. Their goal is that once true AI happens, it will not only be in the hands of a few who could use it for evil purposes. Similar to the NRA saying that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun, OpenAI hopes to have many good guys with thinking AI computers that can minimize or eliminate the power of an evil person, country, or company with AI that is potentially smarter than a million people. Amazon Web Services is donating much computer power and infrastructure. Elon has stated that much information will be shared from Tesla and Space X.
It is my guess that even Elon has been surprised at the progress of self-driving cars and the intelligence of the self-learning systems Tesla has developed. In fact Tesla has recently advertised for more programmers to work on these systems, and Elon has stated that he will interview the candidates himself and the group will be answering directly to him.
I am surprised that I am not getting more comments on this blog. Am I the only one that believes that we may be seeing disruptive gains in AI that exceed the most ambitious timelines “experts” have projected?