I'm complaining less about Carmack wanting to spend his time doing this and more about the comments here acting like he is some 10000x research scientist.
People with this level of track record should not be underestimated, there aren't many of them out there... They matter.
How can you rank him against AI researchers, a field where he has not attempted to contribute?
This announcement is meaningless IMO. Those who will make meaningful, core contributions to AI tech are doing it with pen and paper, not computers.
You can get up to date in the field in under half a year of extensive reading. And many of those scientists are too busy solving more specific goals, that their labs set. I doubt there are more than 1,000 researchers in the world specifically working on AGI.
Maybe a better analogy would be "specialize physical theories that work in all environments, not have to be adapted separately for the ocean, space, the atmosphere, the forest" etc.
I feel likewise for any research effort; it’s not like this will put all cancer research on hold, or more immediately practical AI research. It’s just a few hundred people globally :) And it’s such promising technology.
To go back to my analogy, physicists don't have a unified theory yet, but have a good understanding of, say, quantum mechanics or planet motion. Solving these sub-problems got them closer to the end-goal, however, and brough a lot of value on the way. Why should we tackle AGI any differently?
It was trained on embedding sentences and images into the same latent space.