The success of the open source can be debated upon but there is no denying the fact that it has made available purposeful softwares. WordPress, Mozilla Firefox, Ubuntu etc have added value to our lives. It might still take time for an opensouce culture & ecosystem to mature, nonetheless, individual exceptional successes will keep such softwares relevant. Opensource & proprietary debate takes a totally different dimension with the onset of serious pathbreaking AI research & product creation. The future of AI seems to getting intertwined with the future of mankind. Man behind the machine might become a thing of the past.
In this environment OpenAI was founded in Dec 2015 by Elon Musk and Sam Altman. OpenAI is a non-profit organization located at San Francisco with $1 billion pledged. The key persons are Ilya Sutskever and Greg Broackman. OpenAI declares it mission in it’s website as, “Discovering & enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence.” It is termed as the friendly AI, a way to benefit humanity as a whole. Open literally means open, as they intend to “freely collaborate”, with other institutions & researchers. Its patents & research would be open to public. This company was created against the concerns emamating out of likely existential risk from artificial general intelligence.
OpenAI states that, “it’s hard to fathom out how much human-level AI could benefit society,” and it’s equally difficult to comprehend “how much it could damage society if built and used incorrectly.” The noble goal of this non-profit organization is that AI “should be an extension of individual human wills and, in the spirit of liberty, as broadly and evenly distributed as possible.”
By giving AI power to all there is liklihood to ward off the exitential danger. Top quality brains are working with this organization at market competitive rates. The products have started namely Gym, RoboSumo & Debate Game. A challenge to the proprietary commerical research is the best way to push for a fair and a flat AI world. Regulatory oversight should simultaneously happen. This is the technological elevation of the open source movement.
OpenAI MAKES AI DEMOCRATIC.