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Microsoft Invests $1 Billion in OpenAI

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According to Michael Kan writing in PCMag, Microsoft's most recent goal is to build an AI that will be capable of running society and solving our most pressing problems. Last Monday, the company said it wants to lay the foundation for its creation by investing $1 billion into OpenAI, a San Francisco-based company co-founded by Elon Musk.

The idea is to create an artificial general intelligence (AGI). Currently, the most cutting-edge AI programs have been designed to focus only on a single task. AGI is far more ambitious: Imagine a computer smart enough to master one field, and then another, and another, and then using that knowledge for the betterment of society. "The creation of AGI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity," OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said in today's announcement. "Our mission is to ensure that AGI technology benefits all of humanity."

Whether or not creating …