Elon Musk’s AI Com­pany Ope­nai Plans on Build­ing a House­hold Ro­bot and AI Agent

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In De­cem­ber 2014, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Mo­tors and Spacex, and Sam Alt­man, pres­i­dent of Y Com­bi­na­tor, un­veiled their new ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence com­pany Ope­nai dur­ing a week­long AI con­fer­ence in Mon­treal. Ope­nai, Elon Musk’s AI com­pany, has since then minted a ‘gym’ to let AI re­searchers train their AI sys­tems on games and chal­lenges. In a blog en­try on Mon­day, it an­nounced it will – build a house­hold ro­bot, an AI agent with use­ful nat­u­ral lan­guage un­der­stand­ing, and a sin­gle agent to solve a wide va­ri­ety of games.

“We’re work­ing to en­able a phys­i­cal ro­bot (off-the-shelf; not man­u­fac­tured by Ope­nai) to per­form ba­sic house­work,” the non­profit said in a blog post au­thored by Re­search Di­rec­tor Ilya Sutskever, CTO Greg Brock­man, Sam Alt­man, and Elon Musk. The house­hold ro­bot is go­ing to be off-the-shelf and not man­u­fac­tured by Elon Musk’s AI com­pany. It will per­form ba­sic house­work. By learn­ing al­go­rithms, the house­hold ro­bots will even­tu­ally be made re­li­able enough to even cre­ate a gen­eral pur­pose ro­bot. The ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence non­profit be­lieves that ro­bot­ics is a good test­bed for many chal­lenges in AI.

Next up, the AI agent will be built to per­form com­plex lan­guage tasks. By learn­ing al­go­rithms, it will be pro­fi­cient in ques­tion­ing, an­swer­ing, syn­tac­tic pars­ing and ma­chine trans­la­tion. In ad­di­tion, this will en­able the AI agent to fully un­der­stand a doc­u­ment. In fact, it will even give the abil­ity to fol­low com­plex in­struc­tions in nat­u­ral lan­guage. The in­tel­li­gent agent will be taught to play games quickly. With gen­er­a­tive mod­els and re­in­force­ment learn­ing, it will train the agent to be ca­pa­ble enough to solve any game.

Last De­cem­ber, Elon Musk, Sam Alt­man, Peter Thiel and sev­eral other Sil­i­con Val­ley big­wigs pledged $1 bil­lion to Ope­nai. Ope­nai ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence open source code is avail­able on­line on Ope­nai Gym, where de­vel­op­ers can test their AI.

Pre­vi­ously, Elon Musk has shown con­cerns hint­ing that a hor­rific ver­sion of Skynet is wait­ing to hap­pen. “It’s re­ally just try­ing to in­crease the prob­a­bil­ity that the fu­ture will be good,” Musk said of the non-profit, sug­gest­ing that em­pha­siz­ing that AI will make for a bet­ter out­come. “If AI power is broadly dis­trib­uted to the de­gree that we can link AI power to each in­di­vid­ual’s will — you would have your AI agent, ev­ery­body would have their AI agent — then if some­body did try to some­thing re­ally ter­ri­ble, then the col­lec­tive will of oth­ers could over­come that bad ac­tor,” Musk said dur­ing Re­code’s Code Con­fer­ence.

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