million prize for artificial intelligence targets ‘dystopian conversation’

Developers of artificial intelligence (A.I.) now have an added incentive to pursue their work: $5 million dollars.The prize money was announced at the annual TED conference Wednesday, in a joint initiative between tech giant IBM and X Prize, the company behind the world’s first private space race to reach the moon.Motivating the backers of this competition is, among other things, a desire to demonstrate the potential benefits to mankind of advances in A.I., but many skeptics have yet to be convinced.”Personally, I am sick and tired of the dystopian conversation around artificial intelligence,” said X Prize founder Peter Diamandis when unveiling the prize.The competition challenges teams to “develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful cognitive technologies to tackle some of the world’s grand challenges,” according to an X…


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