After Receiving AI Supercomputer From NVidia, OpenAI Plans On Using Reddit In Order To Teach Artificial Intelligence How To Speak

Elon Musk’s OpenAI foundation is trying to develop a proper AI, but for that to happen, many hurdles have to be jumped over. One of the biggest challenges is teaching an AI to speak like a human would do, to make it feel like a live and unique individual with its own thoughts, its own favorite words, its own way of saying things.

Well, this will be a huge challenge, with NVidia making it a bit easier by delivering the first DGX-1 supercomputer to the non-profit foundation, helping the guys from OpenAI by giving them means to tackle the many challenges present when you want to make something that many people believe isn’t possible to make at all. OpenAI’s mission is 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.”

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The DGX-1 supercomputer took $2 billion to develop, with NVidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, stating that “The world’s leading non-profit artificial intelligence research team needs the world’s fastest AI system.” And the system is monstrous, with 170 teraflops of computing power, equivalent to 250 conventional servers, according to NVidia. The supercomputer is the size of a large box, containing Eight NVidia Tesla P100 GPUs, two Xeon Processors, as well as 7 terabytes of SSD storage. All help is welcome, and the move from NVidia is a really cool one since we all want to witness the birth of the first AI in our lifetime, even if it ends up destroying humanity and becomes the ruler of the world (a bit of comic relief is always welcome).

After awarding OpenAI with supercomputer, Huang stated that “I thought it was incredibly appropriate that the world’s first supercomputer dedicated to artificial intelligence would go to the laboratory that was dedicated to open artificial intelligence.”

The first challenge the DGX-1 will help in overcoming is learning an AI how to speak, by analyzing and reading through Reddit forums. The largest internet forum in the world is a fitting place for learning how to speak since Reddit covers the humongous number of topics. You can read about everything, from video games to the latest breakthroughs at CERN.  As Andrej Karpathy, a researcher working at OpenAI stated, “Deep learning is a very special class of models because as you scale up, they always work better.”

The process of analyzing two billion Reddit comments is a huge task, and the DGX-1 will process all of them in months, instead of years. Karpathy added that “You can take a large amount of data that would help people talk to each other on the internet, and you can train, basically, a chatbot, but you can do it in a way that the computer learns how language works and how people interact,” meaning that instead being a classic chatbot, the AI can learn about words and their different meanings, depending on context, analyze them and start talking like a real human being, using the same words in different occasions, understanding colloquialisms and slang, and at the end, being able to perform meaningful conversations with humans. If OpenAI manages to make that, this world will experience a massive phase shift and will be one step closer to witnessing the birth of the first AI.

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