Two great technological powers have joined forces. In an attempt to promote the future ofartificial intelligence and develop a technology capable of performing tasks beyond the scope of the current AI, Microsoft wants to invest 1 billion dollars in OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research organization of Elon Musk.
Artificial intelligence is one of the most promising concepts of modern technology but despite its constant growth, the scope of modern artificial intelligence is still rather limited. To maximize their potential, companies need an intelligence capable of performing complex tasks, especially those that would involve enormous amounts of collaboration and use of the human brain.
Through a joint press release, OpenAI and Microsoft explained how both companies will work together to resolve major climate, health care and other issues. Here is an excerpt:
"Modern artificial intelligence systems work well for the specific problem they have been trained on, but getting artificial intelligence systems to help tackle some of the most difficult problems facing the world today will require profound mastery of multiple technologies. The vision of OpenAI and Microsoft is that artificial intelligence works together with people to help them solve the currently intractable multidisciplinary problems, including global challenges like climate change, personalized health care and education. "
Both companies will work together to create technologies that will be used in the Azure AI supercomputing. Furthermore, the press release states that Microsoft will become OpenAI's exclusive cloud provider as part of the new partnership.
In case it is not obvious, the ultimate goal here is aArtificial General Intelligence (AGI). In a nutshell, the idea is to create a machine that can do everything a human can do. Understandably, once a machine satisfies all the abilities of a human being, it will only take time for it to definitely overcome them.
Hence the collaboration with Elon Musk's OpenAI, a company with the aim of developing "friendly" artificial intelligence, in particular hardware and software specifically designed to be safe for humans. And while this AI could be very far, the new partnership with Microsoft ensures at least that artificial intelligence is growing in the right direction.