What is OpenAI?

OpenAI is engaged in artificial intelligence research. OpenAI LP is a company controlled by the non-profit organisation OpenAI Inc. It is funded by central donors such as Elon Musk and Microsoft.

The goal of OpenAI is a artificial intelligence to develop on an open source basis. This is to be done in such a way that society benefits and can reap the benefits without any harm being done. The organisation offers free cooperation with other institutions and researchers can make their patents and research results available to the public. The company has already received over one billion dollars in donations.

OpenAI explores the important question of the existential threat of artificial intelligence potentially surpassing and replacing human intelligence. The background to the work is the fears of scientists such as Stephen Hawking and Stuart Jonathan Russel, who anticipate that artificial intelligence could one day acquire the ability to simply improve itself.

This could lead to a veritable explosion of intelligence. Thus, through the superiority of AI, a displacement of the human species by a superintelligent artificial intelligence would be conceivable. This would not be subject to any human values. Elon Musk also sees such artificial intelligence as the greatest existential danger for humanity. The aim is to counteract this risk in the development of artificial intelligence, and OpenAI was founded and conceived as an open-source non-profit organisation for this purpose.

What potential does artificial intelligence offer?

Artificial intelligence can revolutionise communication between humans and computers and learn to fully understand users' natural language. Artificial intelligence can automatically use programmes that are given a natural language interface. OpenAI Codex can translate natural language into code.

Practically everywhere human intelligence is used, artificial intelligence could also eventually be used. There is the OpenAI Gym platform, which deals with reinforcement learning. In addition, systems can cooperate with each other and develop joint algorithms. This was introduced with OpenAI Five. GPT-2 and GPT-3 are extensive projects that provide text generators, for example, and GPT-3, which can be controlled with 175 billion parameters.