OpenAI finally launched


Tech leaders and scientists gather around OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company

The most prominent tech leaders and scientists, including, among others, Elon Musk, Sam Altman and Wojciech Zaremba are backing OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company, which aims to focus on positive human impact through employing advanced technology to solve problems. The initiative came to light on Friday December 11, 2015 and joins the efforts of a number of prominent companies like: Apple, Google and IBM.

“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 OpenAI in their first ever press release.

As a non-profit, The OpenAI founders’ aim is to build value for everyone rather than shareholders, to prioritize a good outcome for all over its own self-interest. They  Researchers will be encouraged to publish their work, whether as papers, blog posts, or code, and our patents (if any) will be shared with the world. We’ll freely collaborate with others across many institutions and expect to work with companies to research and deploy new technologies.

OpenAI’s research director is Ilya Sutskever, one of the world experts in machine learning. Our CTO is Greg Brockman, formerly the CTO of Stripe. The group’s other founding members are world-class research engineers and scientists: Trevor Blackwell, Vicki Cheung, Andrej Karpathy, Durk Kingma, John Schulman, Pamela Vagata, and Wojciech Zaremba. Pieter Abbeel, Yoshua Bengio, Alan Kay, Sergey Levine, and Vishal Sikka are advisors to the group. OpenAI’s co-chairs are Sam Altman and Elon Musk.

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