Author: Sofie Jackson
SCIENTISTS battling to build the first supercomputer with human-level intelligence think size could be the key to the Holy Grail of AI breakthroughs.
Microsoft has recently injected $1 billion into an artificial intelligence research group co-founded by tech genius Elon Musk which is aiming to be the first to build a computer which matches its creators for intelligence.
The group, OpenAI, even thinks such a milestone could happen inside five years.
Currently, supercomputers can do specific tasks better than humans — such as playing chess — but don’t have what has been dubbed “Artificial general intelligence”.
This level of thinking would enable a machine to understand or learn any intellectual task that a human being can.
According to the team, size matters.
“We think the most benefits will go to whoever has the biggest computer,” Greg Brockman, chairman and chief technology officer of OpenAI, told Financial Times.
Brockman said the $1 billion will be spent “within five years, and possibly much faster”, with the goal being a “human brain-sized model”.
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