Could artificial intelligence help humanity? Two California universities think so

Call it artificial intelligence with a human touch. This week, two California universities separately announced new centers devoted to studying the ways in which AI can help humanity.  USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and its School of Social Work said Wednesday that they had joined forces to launch the Center on Artificial Intelligence for Social Solutions. A day earlier, UC Berkeley unveiled its newly minted Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence. Even as science and technology pundits (including Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk) warn of the overthrow of humanity by advanced artificial intelligence — a prospect that appears nowhere on the horizon, experts say — scientists are increasingly looking ahead to the ways in which AI might actually aid human lives.The UC Berkeley-led center, directed by artificial intelligence researcher…


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