With Elon Musk launching OpenAI last Friday, and their first array of applications going online this week, we are set to expect exciting new things from the world of computing.
What makes this effort so different from the offerings of Google, Microsoft and IBM is as simple as it is revolutionary.
OpenAI is an initiative not purely for profit and commerce, but one that aims to push the envelop machine learning for the entire world, regardless of economic or commercial allegiance.
OpenAI promises to make advancements and research available to the entire world. For the low low cost of “free”.
Musk, in partnership with Y Combinator creator Sam Altman, believe that in order to truly transform the 21st century, the tools to do so must be made available to all. And the answer is non-profit reasearh company OpenAI.
While open-source machine learning is not new, with initiatives like TensorFlow, OpenCog and Alchemy, OpenAI is distinctly agnostic to institutions, competition and rivalries. This makes OpenAI a game changer in an economic sense, creating a true ecology of cooperation for the greater good, one inching all the participants can benefit.
Today AI permeates our everyday lives through predictive technologies in our shopping apps, face recognition in security infrastructures, voice recognition in our phones, and the surge of robotics and hardware.
Through collaborative platforms like OpenAI, research scientists, entrepreneurs, product designers and artists can truly work together for a common goal. Despite individual agendas, the pursuit of excellence in a singular vision pushes the speed of progress ever faster.