Silicon Valley bigwigs fund AI to protect humanity

facebooktwitterlinkedingoogleplusemailcommentsmoreredditpinteresttumblrElon Musk, shown here introducing Tesla battery backup products, has concerns beyond cars. He’s backed a nonprofit aimed at making sure AI is developed for the betterment of humanity. Allison Tom/CNET With private companies working hard to see if artificial intelligence can eventually exceed human intelligence, it might comfort some to know a new nonprofit has humanity’s back. OpenAI, a research company funded by $1 billion in donations from tech heavy hitters Elon Musk, Sam Altman and Peter Thiel, launched Friday with the goal of advancing artificial intelligence, or AI. The field is promising but controversial because of concerns about how machines equipped with the technology could interact with humans.”It’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could…

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