Elon Musk and tech heavies invest billion in artificial intelligence

Elon Musk is sinking large amounts of money into something that scares him: artificial intelligence. The Tesla and Space X founder is a noted artificial intelligence critic. Now he’s one of a number of big name technology investors behind a new non-profit artificial intelligence research center. Launched on Friday, OpenAI’s goal is to develop AI safely and share its research widely. It’s AI is specifically meant to be used in ways that will benefit humanity. The group could still decide to keep some research private if they feel there are safety concerns. OpenAI’s backers — a group that includes Musk, Peter Thiel, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman and Jessica Livingston, and Reid Hoffman — are committing $1 billion to the project. OpenAI will start small, with nine full-time researchers working out…


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