OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research lab founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015. It is dedicated to developing and promoting AI awareness, safety, and capabilities. OpenAI believes that artificial general intelligence should be an asset to humanity, not a danger.
The mission of OpenAI is to advance digital intelligence through research, development, and deployment of advanced AI technologies. This includes technologies such as deep learning, natural language processing, and robotics. OpenAI strives to ensure that its AI services are available and used responsibly.
OpenAI has experimented with various approaches to commercializing its technologies, such as allowing their technology to be used for consumer products, but it has largely rejected venture capital and established itself as a non-profit entity.
OpenAI has attracted talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds and affiliations, including technology giants such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple, as well as scientists and engineers from renowned universities such as Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. OpenAI also has a strong board of directors including Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Reid Hoffman, and Greg Brockman.
The leadership of OpenAI has been very much shaped by the personal vision of Elon Musk, initialized in 2015. Musk’s drive for the commercialization of AI technology within well-defined ethical boundaries has strongly influenced OpenAI’s goals, priorities, and decision-making process.
OpenAI has generally received positive attention from the media and technology communities, largely due to Musk’s celebrity status and the novel approach it has to AI technology. At the same time, it has also garnered criticism, in particular the control of OpenAI by a small number of wealthy individuals and the limited scope of the lab’s activities.