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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Microsoft invests $1 billion in Elon Musk’s OpenAI

Microsoft is investing $1 billion in Elon Musk’s OpenAI to build artificial intelligence that can tackle more complex tasks, the companies announced Monday.

Through the partnership, the companies will build new Azure AI supercomputing technologies and Microsoft will become OpenAI’s exclusive cloud provider, according to the announcements.

The companies said the technology they plan to build, artificial general intelligence, will be able to solve more complex problems that AI currently is capable of.

“Modern AI systems work well for the specific problem on which they’ve been trained, but getting AI systems to help address some of the hardest problems facing the world today will require generalization and deep mastery of multiple AI technologies,” the companies wrote in a press release.

“OpenAI and Microsoft’s vision is for artificial general intelligence to work with people to help solve currently intractable multidisciplinary problems, including global challenges such as climate change, more personalized healthcare and education.”

Rather than build its own product to make up the costs of building AI technologies, OpenAI said in its announcement that it decided to license some of its “Pre-AGI technologies” and make Microsoft its preferred commercialization partner.

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Y Combinator president Sam Altman steps down to focus on OpenAI

Sam Altman is planning to step down from his role as president of Y Combinator, one of the best-known startup accelerators in Silicon Valley.

He’s leaving the position to focus on his work as cochair of prominent nonprofit research organization OpenAI, Y Combinator announced today.

OpenAI was created in 2015 with $1 billion in funding from YC Research and people like Altman, SpaceX cofounder Elon Musk, investor Peter Thiel, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, and Y Combinator founding partner Jessica Livingston.

Altman, the organization’s second president since the accelerator was created, will continue at Y Combinator as company chair.

Y Combinator is currently recruiting its 29th class of startup companies.

More than 2,000 startups from around the world have participated in the Y Combinator startup accelerator since it was founded in 2005.

Last year, Y Combinator announced plans to open a YC Research facility in Seattle and expanded into China, with former Baidu and Microsoft executive Qi Lu leading efforts in both new initiatives.

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