Past December, Tesla and SpaceX C.E.O. Elon Musk and president of the tech incubator Y Combinator Sam Altman presented their new artificial intelligence company. A few months ago, the group of researchers unveiled the first product. It is called Gym and is a benchmarking tool for AI programs. And oh, it is supposed to be the most transformative technology of the century—given away for free.
In their first blog post, the creators wrote that the aim of the company was to carefully promote and develop open-source-friendly artificial intelligence in such a way as to benefit rather than harm the humanity, not chained by the need to generate a financial return. The organization (in fact, the lab) was not created to gain profit, and this provides the maximum freedom for both the workers and the founders who do not need to sweat over the quarterly reports.
Musk promised that at least a billion would be invested in OpenAI, although it initially demanded only a small part of the funds. Among the investors, there are also a PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and a chairman of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman.