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OpenAI: Training Gym for Artificial Intelligence Coders

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Elon Musk and others have put $1 billion in Open AI.  (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 02 May 2016 12:47 PM

OpenAI, a $1 billion training gym for computer programmers, is being supported by Elon Musk as a way for the tech companies to exercise their artificial intelligence muscles, reported Fortune.

The OpenAI Gym will be an open source tool as a means to "learn and develop more complex reasoning systems," noted Forbes.

"(The OpenAI Gym) consists of a growing suite of environments (from simulated robots to Atari games), and a site for comparing and reproducing results," said Greg Brockman, Open AI's chief technology officer, and John Schulman, one of the founding Open AI members, on the OpenAI Gym website.

"OpenAI Gym is compatible with algorithms written in any framework, such as Tensorflow and Theano. The environments are written in Python, but we'll soon make them easy to use from any language. We originally built OpenAI Gym as a tool to accelerate our own (reinforcement learning) research. We hope it will be just as useful for the broader community." 

Tech Crunch reported in December that Musk and other founders that include Brockman, Amazon Web Services, Infosys, and YC Research, have put $1 billion into Open AI.

When the Open AI concept was introduced last December, Brockman co-founder Ilya Sutskever and the Open AI team said on a blog that the nonprofit artificial intelligence research company wanted to create an environment 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."

"Since our research is free from financial obligations, we can better focus on a positive human impact," they said. "We believe AI should be an extension of individual human wills and, in the spirit of liberty, as broadly and evenly distributed as possible."

Tech Crunch said Musk's goal for Open AI is to make sure that artificial intelligence "doesn't go the way of Skynet," a reference to the fictional artificial intelligence system that was the basis of the "Terminator" movie franchise.

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