There’s a .5 million prize for anyone can show artificial intelligence can be a friend, not foe

An X Prize unveiled on Wednesday promised millions of dollars to a team that could best show that artificial intelligence is humanity’s friend, not its enemy. X Prize founder Peter Diamandis and the newly-appointed head of Watson at US technology veteran IBM David Kenny challenged software savants to demonstrate “how humans can collaborate with powerful cognitive and AI technologies capable of solving some of the world’s grand challenges.” Diamandis and Kenny announced a $5 million X Prize on the stage of a prestigious annual TED Conference here, telling the audience it would be here that the ultimate winner would be picked by the audience in the year 2020. “Personally, I am sick and tired of the dystopian conversation around artificial intelligence,” Diamandis said, referring to high-profile public debate whether self-aware…


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