Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence project wants to build a robot

OpenAI – which is funded by the billionaire maker of reusable rockets and electric cars – hopes to build a domestic robot as a test of its research into how to build artificial intelligence that won’t kill us. Building such a robot isn’t just a way of getting rid of household chores, according to a blog entry posted by the nonprofit research group. It would also be a neat way of testing whether or not its work in artificial intelligence is progressing in the right way. There are already ways of creating a robot that can carry out specific tasks, the researchers note. The difference is that Musk’s team hopes to create “learning algorithms” that would allow the creation to serve as a “general purpose” robot – meaning that it…


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