As more and more companies like Facebook and Google race to develop their own flavor of AI (artificial intelligence), a new altruistic challenger has appeared. The OpenAI initiative is a new non-profit with financial support from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon Web Services, Sal Altman, Jessica Livingston and others. It's goal is to work on AI without being beholden to the whims of a corporation or any single person. In fact, it encourages all research to be shared and will open all (if any) patents.
【非盈利人工智能来啦！这两点不容忽视】今日以特斯拉CEO Elon Musk为代表的团队正式启动一个非盈利性的人工智能项目—OpenAI，其主要关注两点：一是OpenAI 将扮演AI技术监督者的角色，评估AI项目实现程度，同时使AI发展不受私人利益驱使；二是共享AI知识，同时使AI的发展不被财务回报所限制，从而造福人类。
Elon Musk backs future AI initiative
In addition to sharing its research with the world, OpenAI is also concerned with the ramifications of the emerging technology, "it's hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it's equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly," it states on its site.
Altman told Medium's Backchannel, "we think the best way AI can develop is if it's about individual empowerment and making humans better."
The initiative's team will include researcher and machine learning expertIlya Sutskever and former Stripe CTO, Greg Brockman. It will be co-chaired by Elon Musk and Sam Altman with donations from Musk, Altman, Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, Livingston and others totaling $1 billion. Just don't expect super-smart computers or robots anytime soon. The research is expected to take decades according to Altman.
Musk, while cautious, does believe in the power of AI for the masses, "I think the best defense against the misuse of AI is to empower as many people as possible to have AI. If everyone has AI powers, then there's not any one person or a small set of individuals who can have AI superpower."