Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Y Combinator President Sam Altman has announced the creation of OpenAI, “a non-profit artificial intelligence research company.”
The company was founded with the hopes of advancing artificial intelligence in a responsible manner.
“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,” says an OpenAI blog entry.
More than $1 billion in funding has already been secured from Altman and Musk themselves, plus Silicon Valley stars like Jessica Livingston and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.
Companies area also contributing, most notably Amazon Web Services and Infosys.
Machine learning expert Ilya Sutskever will run the program with former Stripe CTO Greg Brockman coming over to OpenAI in the same role. Seven top research scientists also came aboard with OpenAI.
The non-profit has already secured the help of seven top research scientists.
OpenAI researchers will be encouraged to share their research, including research that is shared from the company’s patents.
“We believe AI should be an extension of individual human wills and, in the spirit of liberty, as broadly and evenly distributed as is possible safely,” OpenAI writes.
Elon Musk recently expressed concern that artificial intelligence will one day turn on humans and lead to the end of humanity.
Altman once said, “AI will probably most likely lead to the end of the world, but in the meantime, there’ll be great companies.”
In the announcement their views are once against brought to the forefront. “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,” OpenAI writes.