Artificial intelligence is improving at an exponential rate, and the recent display included it taking a band of professional poker players while playing a round of Texas hold-em. However, is there a possibility that these AI-powered systems could become generalized enough to outperform human beings in general tasks? Open AI is an organization that is working on Artificial General Intelligence, making sure that such a future comes bearing good gifts for humans. It has managed to get into a partnership with Microsoft that will be developing advanced supercomputers to help Open AI do the job.
Artificial General Intelligence has always remained the core focus of Open AI. Open AI was co-founded back in 2015 by Elon Musk. Although Elon Musk has left the company, the team has continued to develop the technology further. It has already developed an AI that is capable of competing with the writing skills of humans. The company has not yet released the completely developed model out of fear of the consequences ranging from fake news to automated spam, and its ability to impersonate people online.
In order to create AI to excel in these areas, computer scientists have to clock in a high number of hours for making sure that it is ready for a particular job. Artificial General Intelligence would be capable of learning and excelling in any sort of discipline on its own and would be able to achieve levels that are incomprehensible to humans. The thought is unsettling, and many have pointed out the obvious dangers of the artificial general intelligence; once evolved, it would treat us like a house cat or someone who can be wiped out of existence.
However, on the other hand, Artificial General Intelligence can be harnessed as a force for goodness. It can be used for solving the problems that we are unable to do so, including climate change, world poverty, and global healthcare. However, this would require computational power that is unprecedented, and that is where Microsoft comes in with its computational expert and money. Microsoft will be investing a total of $1 billion and will be working alongside Open AI for developing AI supercomputers under the Microsoft Azure name.
Sam Altman, CEO of Open AI, said, ‘The creation of AGI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity. Our mission is to ensure that AGI technology benefits all of humanity, and we’re working with Microsoft to build the supercomputing foundation on which we’ll build AGI. We believe it’s crucial that AGI is deployed safely and securely and that its economic benefits are widely distributed. We are excited about how deeply Microsoft shares this vision.’