Tech giants pledge bn for ‘altruistic AI’ venture, OpenAI

Tech giants pledge $1bn for ‘altruistic AI’ venture, OpenAI 12 December 2015 From the section Technology Image copyright Andrea Danti Image caption Rapid advances in AI have prompted fears of a threat to humanity Prominent tech executives have pledged $1bn (£659m) for OpenAI, a non-profit venture that aims to develop artificial intelligence (AI) to benefit humanity.The venture’s backers include Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, Indian tech giant Infosys and Amazon Web Services.Open AI says it expects its research – free from financial obligations – to focus on a “positive human impact”.Scientists have warned that advances in AI could ultimately threaten humanity.Mr Musk recently told students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that AI was humanity’s “biggest existential threat”. Last year, British theoretical physicist…


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