New 'OpenAI' artificial intelligence group formed by Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and more

By Popular Science

Dec 15, 2015

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In the last few years, the world of artificial intelligence has mainly been dominated by large internet companies with huge computing infrastructures like Google and Facebook, or research universities like MIT or Stanford.

Now, there’s another player in town: OpenAI. The not-for-profit research firm is backed by heavy hitters like co-chairs Elon Musk (of SpaceX and Tesla fame), Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, as well as investor Peter Thiel (who worked with Musk at PayPal).

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