21 June, 2016

Elon Musk is building a robot for household tasks

OpenAI is Elon Musk’s non-profit organisation, backed by over $1 billion in cash. OpenAI just posted technological goals for the company on its blog.

OpenAI is making a household robot to use for testing emerging artificial intelligence technologies. The robot is going to be off the shelf, and not manufactured by OpenAI.  The objective is to create the algorithms that would allow the general purpose robot to learn new household tasks.  OpenAI wants to start building agents, and then gradually keep building the capabilities of those agents. OpenAI also wants to create one bot that can learn and play new and various computer games.

Another goal is to teach machines better natural language communication. Google’s TensorFlow powers some of the most advanced natural language parsers around. However, these technologies still fall short for some applications. These include, having long conversations in natural language, understanding an entire document at once, and being able to follow complex written instructions. OpenAI intends to create the algorithms needed to accomplish this.

OpenAI is a non-profit made out of concerns over an existential threat to humans due to the potential for artificial intelligence to grow explosively. OpenAI has a rather unique approach to tackling the issue of the advent of superior artificial intelligence. It wants to dive in and ensure that the artificial intelligence created are as helpful to mankind as possible.

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