Wanted: three boffins to save the world from the ‘AI apocalypse’

Which job, awarded in 2016, could save the world or damn it? The US presidency? The new secretary of the UN to be announced next year? Maybe. Or perhaps the most important appointment of 2016 will be the trio of research fellows currently being hired by the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI).  The three hires, it is hoped, will help avert the artificial intelligence (AI) catastrophe that many believe could be the biggest threat to the human race. The search is a timely one. Those who have warned of the dangers of AI include Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk. Musk, the inventor-cum-business magnate behind enterprises from Tesla Motors’ electric cars to SpaceX’s reusable rockets, is among the FHI’s recent donors. Their thinking is that once artificial intelligences are…


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