The Problem with Microsoft’s OpenAI Investment? Simple

There is nothing resembling a consensus in the AI research community regarding how or when AGI will be achieved.

Getting a billion-dollar commitment from Microsoft surely was not easy, but creating a decentralized AI, data and processing ecosystem is most likely a dramatically more difficult task.

Cutting-edge AI R&D now requires large amounts of computing power, and leveraging all this compute power requires expert support staff beyond just an AI research team.

Some leading AI researchers are skeptical that current deep learning technology is the right direction to follow to achieve AGI.

OpenAI, like Google Deep Mind and Facebook AI Research Lab — all of which are doing AGI-oriented research together with their immediately practical AI technology development — stands firmly in the deep learning camp.

But OpenAI’s basic AI technology orientation is about the same as Google Deep Mind, Google Brain, Facebook AI Research, Tencent, Alibaba or Baidu.

Those of us in the small but rapidly growing decentralized AI space are actively pushing back against the increasing centralization of resources that the Microsoft-ization of OpenAI exemplifies.

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Bill Gates says this is the best investment he has ever made

With almost $100 billion to his name, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has an intimidatingly large heap of funds to deploy.

Wednesday, Gates revealed the best investment he has ever made in an essay in The Wall Street Journal.

It’s the $10 billion he’s invested, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, into three particular organizations that increase access to vaccines and medicines for people who need them around the world.

Gates says investing $10 billion in Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which help deliver drugs to developing countries, has been a rewarding experience because unlike other kinds of investments, they are consistently successful.

One type of investment “Surprised” Gates “Because – unlike investing in a new vaccine or technology, the success rate is very high,” he says.

Gates says the $10 billion his foundation has put into the three organizations has created an estimated $200 billion in social and economic benefits.

Had the Gates Foundation invested that $10 billion in energy projects in the developing world, the return would have been $150 billion, Gates says.

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