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OpenAI aspires creation of software as smart as humans: what is AGI?

OpenAI aspires creation of software as smart as humans: what is AGI?

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, is setting sights on artificial general intelligence (AGI). This technology must have the same level of intelligence as humans. These ambitions should also help to raise new investments from Microsoft.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Sam Altman indicates that things are going well between OpenAI and its largest investor, Microsoft. He hopes that this relationship can also secure money for future projects. The billions Microsoft invested earlier this year are primarily necessary to maintain current models such as ChatGPT. New, breakthrough technology needs much more capital. “There is still a long way to go and a lot of computing power to be built out between here and AGI … the training costs are just huge.”

AGI works without programming

AGI is short for artificial general intelligence. This technology does not currently exist, but Altman sounds in the interview very interested in developing it. AGI promises that it can handle any task that a human can also complete. AGI should be able to learn, reason, understand, and perform various tasks without specific programming for each task.

OpenAI’s best-known current models, ChatGPT and DALL-E, include generative AI. These models are creative and generate original content. However, this generation is always done based on data and patterns that the technology has learned in the past.

“The vision is to create AGI, figure out how to make it safe and discover its benefits,” Altman adds. He adds that the biggest challenge that remains to be met at the moment is the further development of ‘understanding’.

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