Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka believes that IT majors will be unique beneficiaries and contributors to OpenAI, a global not-for-profit research platform in the area of artificial intelligence.
Infosys is one of the key supporter of this new initiative. The other technology companies supporting OpenAI include Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel and Amazon Web Services with a combined financial committment of $1 billion.
In a post on Infosys’ InfyTalk blog, Sikka reasoned for Infosys contributing to this platform, “Most of our work is in building and maintaining software systems, and AI will increasingly shape the construction and evolution of intelligent software systems, in all kinds of domains and industries, from complex machinery to consumer behavior, from medicine to energy.”
“In addition, as a large services company, many parts of our work can transform fundamentally with AI,” he said.
The research platform will be democratic and open in its functioning as it looks to produce results that would in the greater interest of humanity. Sikka said, “In all my experience with corporate research teams, I found a continual struggle for the teams to find relevance with the work in the here and now, usually knowing that this unnecessary and premature seeking of relevance not only blinds us to those opportunities that can shift our paradigms, it defeats the point of research.”
OpenAI will seek for larger value creation than any isolated feudal system.
The push towards AI is also expected to benefit Infosys in the long run especially with tools such as automation. Sikka said that in its various service lines they could massively migrate mechanizable work to automation, and instead build intelligent software systems.
Sikka also spoke about the long tradition at Infosys which has supported research through its various foundations.