Elon Musk and other Silicon Valley luminaries have pledged billion to keep robots from taking …

This post has been updated with comments from Sam Altman. The robots are coming, and Silicon Valley wants to make sure they’re on our side. Today (Dec. 11), Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, along with a veritable cornucopia of technology giants and scientists, announced the formation of OpenAI, a “non-profit artificial intelligence research company.” According to the company’s press release, the non-profit will be led by Musk, along with Sam Altman, the founder of startup incubator Y Combinator. The two are joined by backing from Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn; Jessica Livingston, another Y Combinator founder; and Peter Thiel, who cofounded PayPal with Musk and is now a prominent venture capitalist. The group, along with Amazon Web Services, Infosys, and Y Combinator, have pledged $1 billion for artificial…


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