January 15, 2015

Elon Musk supports AI safety research with $10 million donation

Elon Musk, of Paypal, Tesla, and SpaceX fame, is concerned about artificial intelligence. $10 million concerned actually. Vox reports:

“AI safety is important,” Musk said in the announcement. “So I’m today committing $10M to support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity.”

The money will fund grants to research possible pitfalls of AI and examine ways to build safeguards into AI software. The money will also fund “meetings and outreach programs aimed at bringing together academic AI researchers, industry AI developers and other key constituents to continue exploring how to maximize the societal benefits of AI.”

In other news, Musk is also considering building a Hyperloop test track in Texas. Does that guy ever sleep?

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