Elon Musk has been very vocal about the coming age of super artificial intelligence. The tech pioneer and billionaire has made it clear that AI could be the end of humanity. In July of 2017, he hinted that a world with artificial intelligence will be more dystopic than utopic. “I have exposure to the most cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” states Musk. “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal."
China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017
To combat these growing concerns, Musk has worked closely with the OpenAI. Along with the CEO and OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman, Elon Musk has hopes to use the research conducted by the company to promote a safe and friendly AI future.
Safe AI for All
Open AI has been silent for the past couple of month. Now the company looks to be eager to bring more people on to its team. From a job post published by the company, the team is not only looking for a Recruiting Coordinator but also for more personnel down the road. If you want to help stop any sort of Skynet like future and are qualified of course, you should definitely consider applying.
As mentioned before, Open AI's mission is to build safe artificial general intelligence and to ensure AGI global benefits are as "widely and evenly distributed as possible." The non-profit already has a full-time staff of 60 researchers and engineers "working towards their mission regardless of the opportunities for selfish gain which arise along the way."
Here is a video of OpenAI playing the game Dota 2 against a professional player:
The company is very serious about their mission. As stated by OpenAI's Sam Altman, “If you have the AIs and the humans and they’re both trying to enslave the other, and they both want the same thing that’s a recipe for conflict every time.”
Elon Musk has already committed over 1 billion dollars to the San Francisco start-up. At the moment, the company has eight other open positions for those who would like to contribute to the company's goal.
Want to help grow the OpenAI team? We're hiring a recruiting coordinator: https://t.co/bqQcn4CHk4. Passion about beneficial AI and attention to detail more important than experience.— OpenAI (@OpenAI) January 11, 2018
Tech thinkers, philosophers, as well as leaders like Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates have also shared their concerns about the potential dangers of blindly pursuing artificial intelligence. It will be interesting to see how AI will shape our very near future.