Elon Musk’s AI group has set up a “gym” to train bots

Earlier this week, OpenAI, the nonprofit research group with billion-dollar backing from Elon Musk and other tech luminaries, launched its first program. It’s called OpenAI Gym, and it’s meant to be used as a benchmarking tool for artificial intelligence programs. Musk once said he thought truly artificial intelligent agents could be more harmful to the human race than nuclear weapons. When OpenAI was launched in December, its stated goal was 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.” Which sounds a lot like an AI version of Google’s long-held mantra: “Don’t be evil.” OpenAI Gym is meant to standardize testing for AI systems: If everyone is using the same benchmark tests, there shouldn’t…


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