Privatization of artificial intelligence

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The privatization of artificial intelligence refers to the increasing trend of artificial intelligence researchers moving from academia to private industry. This is largely due to the emergence of deep learning, which increasingly requires larger datasets and more powerful computing infrastructure, which is typically accessible to large private corporations such as Google and Facebook.[1]


The trend of AI researchers leaving academia changes the general motives of AI research from serving the interests of society to maximizing the short-term profits of corporations. Economists have raised concerns that AI being dominated by the private sector can result in the evolution of "the wrong kind of AI".[1]


OpenAI is a nonprofit organization founded by Elon Musk which is considered to be a competitor to Google's DeepMind. It aims to research AI for the benefit of humanity as a whole.