Wanted: Three boffins to save the world

A tiny institute in Oxford is gearing up for futuristic robot wars, aiming to protect humanity from the artificial intelligence. An exhibitor displays Musio, a deep learning based artificial intelligence robot manufactured by AKA Study Limited, during the TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 conference in London. Photo / Bloomberg 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 to avert the artificial intelligence (AI) catastrophe that many believe could pose the biggest threat to the human race in decades to come.…


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