Is it possible that the secret to building machine intelligence lies in spending endless hours reading Reddit?
That’s one question a team of researchers at OpenAI, a nonprofit backed by several Silicon Valley luminaries, hopes to answer with a new kind of supercomputer developed by chipmaker Nvidia.
The new machine, called a DGX-1, is optimized for the form of machine learning known as deep learning, which involves feeding data to a large network of crudely simulated neurons and has resulted in great strides in artificial intelligence in recent years.
The DGX-1 will let AI researchers train deep-learning systems more quickly using more data. As a rough comparison, computations that would take 250 hours on a conventional computer take about 10 hours on the DGX-1.