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OpenAI launches Gym, a toolkit for testing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms

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OpenAI, the nonprofit artificial intelligence research company established last year with backing from several Silicon Valley figures, today announced its first product: a proving ground for algorithms for reinforcement learning, which involves training machines to do things based on trial and error. OpenAI is releasing tools you can run locally to test out algorithms in various "environments" -- including Atari games like Air Raid, Breakout, and Ms. Pacman -- and a Web service for sharing test results. The system automatically scores evaluations and also seeks to have results reviewed and reproduced by other people. "We originally built OpenAI Gym as a tool to accelerate our own RL research. We hope it will be just as useful for the broader community," OpenAI's Greg Brockman and John Schulman wrote in a blog post.


OpenAI Recruiting Fellows

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The third way to get involved with OpenAI is as an OpenAI Scholar. Under this program OpenAI is providing 6-10 stipends and mentorship to individuals from underrepresented groups to study deep learning full-time for 3 months and open-source a project. This is a remote program and is open to anyone with US work authorization located in US timezones. In return, scholars are asked to document their experiences of studying deep learning and hopefully inspire others to do the same.


Teaching AI to read is harder than it seems

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Researchers have shown that rapidly improving AI techniques can facilitate the creation of fake images that look real. As these kinds of technologies move into the language field as well, Howard says, we may need to be more skeptical than ever about what we encounter online. These new language systems learn by analysing millions of sentences written by humans. A system built by OpenAI, a lab based in San Francisco, analysed thousands of self-published books, including romance novels, science fiction and more. Each system learned a particular skill by analysing all that text.


Fears of OpenAI's super-trolling artificial intelligence are overblown

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Recycling is NOT good for the world. It is bad for the environment, it is bad for our health, and it is bad for our economy. These are the words of GPT-2, an artificially intelligent super-troll. It needs just a few words to prompt a rant hundreds of words long on almost any topic and its creators say it may be too dangerous to release to the public because of potential misuse. However, these fears are overblown.


OpenAI has released the largest version yet of its fake-news-spewing AI

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Full model-generated text:"It is time once again. I believe this nation can do great things if the people make their voices heard. The men and women of America must once more summon our best elements, all our ingenuity, and find a way to turn such overwhelming tragedy into the opportunity for a greater good and the fulfillment of all our dreams. In the months and years to come, there will be many battles in which we will have to be strong and we must give all of our energy, not to repel invaders, but rather to resist aggression and to win the freedom and the equality for all of our people. The destiny of the human race hangs in the balance; we cannot afford for it to slip away. Now and in the years to come, the challenge before us is to work out how we achieve our ultimate destiny. If we fail to do so, we are doomed."