OpenAI’s Universe, a software platform for training AIs to play computer games.
Just two years ago OpenAI didn’t exist. It’s now among the most elite groups of machine learning researchers. They’re trying to make an AI that’s smarter than humans and have $1b at their disposal.
Even stranger for a Silicon Valley start-up, it’s not a business, but rather a non-profit founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman among others, to ensure the benefits of AI are distributed broadly to all of society.
I did a long interview with one of its first machine learning researchers, Dr Dario Amodei, to learn about:
- OpenAI’s latest plans and progress, including a project they recently closed.
- His paper Concrete Papers in AI Safety, which outlines five specific ways machine learning algorithms can act in dangerous ways their designers don’t intended – something OpenAI has to work to avoid.
- How listeners can best go about pursuing a career in machine learning and AI development themselves.
The audio, summary, extra resources and full transcript are below.
Table of contents
1m33s – What OpenAI is doing, Dario’s research and why AI is so important
13m – Why OpenAI scaled back its Universe project