He's conquered the world of rockets and electric cars, but now Elon Musk just wants to beat you at Mario Kart.
Elon Musk is better known for grand feats like sending men into space and putting electric cars on the road, but the CEO of tech giants including Tesla and SpaceX is now more concerned with giving you a run for your money on a games console.
According to a blog post on OpenAI, a non-profit research company formed by Elon Musk, billionaire Peter Thiel and the Y Combinator team, the business magnate and his crew are building software to make AI devices much more useful around the home on a day-to-day basis.
In the post, Musk et al say that they’re hoping that learning algorithms can eventually be made to create a general-purpose robot that can perform complex tasks specified by language, and ask for clarification if its instructions are ambiguous.
But it doesn’t stop at better understanding of language. Musk’s dream team even want their bot to be able to carry out conversations with you, understand a document, and learn to play games – although at the moment, we’re not sure if that means simply beating you at Tetris or monumentally destroying you at Call of Duty.
Achieving their fantasy bot, the team say, will require “significant advances in generative models and reinforcement learning”, but they’re determined to power on, taking inspiration from the likes of Google’s DeepMind code.
At the moment, the project is just getting started, and the OpenAI trio emphasise that details might well change as they gain additional data, but given that Musk has managed to deliver most of his ambitious dreams, we’re counting on him seeing this one through.
- Story via: The Register