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With $1 Billion from Microsoft, an AI Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain

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Artist's representation of a computer with the capabilities of the human brain.

Microsoft has invested $1 billion in the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory.

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Microsoft has made a $1-billion investment in OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab created by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015.

Musk left the nonprofit last year, and Altman has since transformed OpenAI into a for-profit company so it could more aggressively pursue financing.

OpenAI researchers will use the funding to develop artificial general intelligence (AGI), which would match the capabilities of the human brain.

Said Geoffrey Hinton, a Google researcher and co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, “It's too big a problem. I'd much rather focus on something where you can figure out how you might solve it.”

From The New York Times
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