OpenAI, an artificial intelligence non profit, is working on a physical robot for household chores.
OpenAI has a funding of $1bn with with backing by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, Jessica Livingston, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel. You might be thinking, why is Elon Musk funding an AI company when he’s hellbent on making sure AI don’t take over the world? Well according to OpenAI’s site they have a different mission in mind, “Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” The non profit was launched in 2015 as a way to balance the advancements made by other corporations such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
In a blog post by Altman, Brockton, Musk, and Sutskever, they explain that they don’t want to manufacture the robot, but want to “enable a physical robot…to perform basic housework.”
OpenAI wants to build an AI that can understand natural language, learn by itself, and solve complex problems. They are aiming to build new algorithms to advance the field because as of now AIs are not yet advanced enough. “Today, there are promising algorithms for supervised language tasks such as question answering, syntactic parsing, and machine translation but there aren’t any for more advanced linguistic goals, such as the ability to carry a conversation, the ability to fully understand a document, and the ability to follow complex instructions in natural language,” OpenAI noted.
The company opened Gym Beta, which targets advances in reinforcement learning, and is their step to advancement of the field.