Elon Musk’s OpenAI increases hiring efforts in push to build safe AI

OpenAI, the non-profit artificial intelligence research firm co-chaired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Y Combinator president Sam Altman, appears to be preparing for an expansion. In a recent post on Twitter, the research company announced that it is actively looking for a full-time Recruiting Coordinator who will be based in San Francisco, CA. The person that would be hired will aid OpenAI in growing the company’s team, from hiring to the onboarding process for new employees.

The artificial intelligence company’s announcement follows a long silence on Twitter. Prior to the recent job posting, OpenAI’s official account in the microblogging platform posted its last update back in early December 2017. What is rather interesting, however, is that signs of OpenAI’s impending ramp-up could be seen on its social media page since last year, with the firm announcing an opening for a Machine Learning Fellow post last November. Considering that the company is now looking for a recruitment officer, it seems safe to infer that OpenAI is preparing to start expanding its reach. 

The artificial intelligence company was founded in 2015 on the principles of developing AI that is innately friendly to human development, as well as smart technologies that would benefit humanity as a whole. Since OpenAI’s conception, its patents and research have been open to the public, which Musk and his partners in the project hope would help usher in the era of a peaceful human-A.I. existence.

Musk has been pretty vocal about his reservations on the emergence of hyper-intelligent A.I. technologies. Taking a similar stance as world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Musk described A.I. as humanity’s most significant existential threat and a possible cause for the end of human civilization as a whole.

In a lot of ways, Musk’s views on artificial intelligence are well-founded. Efforts in the A.I. industry over the past few years, after all, have proven that intelligent technologies tend to act and evolve in a rather unpredictable manner. Microsoft’s previous attempt at introducing an A.I.-powered chatbot on social media, for one, ended in a well-publicized failure. Back in 2016, the Redmond-based tech giant launched Tay, an A.I.-powered chatbot on Twitter, and within 24 hours, the bot learned how to spew out aggressive, anti-semitic statements. Tay was promptly retired.

Over the past couple of years, OpenAI has managed to gain a lot of ground in the artificial intelligence scene. Just last year, the research firm was able to develop bots that are capable of creating their own language. Not long after that, the company was able to create a bot that ultimately defeated a world-class DOTA 2 player. The research firm was also able to develop and release a couple of valuable platforms for A.I. initiatives — OpenAI Gym, which is aimed at reinforcement learning, and Universe, a training algorithm for intelligent technologies.

Elon Musk’s OpenAI increases hiring efforts in push to build safe AI

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