Here’s Why Elon Musk and Everyone Else is Betting Big on AI

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and fellow tech kingpins committed $1 billion to researching artificial intelligence. The group’s findings would be made available for the world. The possibilities where AI might help include the ability to detect anomalies in images of cells to detect cancer, programming robots that can interact with humans, and building programs that could help teach kids at their pace of learning in a more individual style. Behind this feel-good effort is a hint at the priorities of some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley. It also provides an understanding of how AI or machine learning, as the technology is often called, has the potential to remake the tech world in the same way the web did in the mid-’90s. Worries about artificial intelligence have…


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