Open AI: An effort to democratize artificial intelligence research?

Debates on the future of artificial intelligence often boil down to questions about whether the technology could help humans — detecting patterns that could help solve crimes or driving autonomous car, for example — or become the stuff of dystopian nightmares that have long fueled science fiction.With a $1 billion investment in a non-profit called Open AI, Tesla head Elon Musk and several other prominent tech executives are aiming for the former, while taking a swipe at the latter.The new company will make its patents and research open to the public in a bid to increase transparency about AI’s potential rather than focusing on its commercial implications, say its backers — who include LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, venture capitalist Peter Thiel, the start-up incubator Y-Combinator, and Amazon Web Services.“Since our…


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