Berkeley Launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence

September 5, 2016 Funded in part by a $5.5 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project, the University of California, Berkeley has announced the launch of a Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence. Led by electrical engineering professor Stuart Russell, the center will work to ensure that AI systems are beneficial to humans and act in a manner aligned with human values. In addition to the grant from  OPP — a collaboration between Good Ventures, a foundation established by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife, Cari Tuna, and charity research nonprofit GiveWell — the center is supported by grants from the UK-based Leverhulme Trust and the Future of Life Institute, which was co-founded by Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn. One approach to AI that Russell and others are exploring is inverse reinforcement learning,…


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