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Seven Million Donated by Musk For AI Research

After the Future Life Institute, or FLI getting a generous 10 million dollars from Elon Musk to finance studies which has the purpose of keeping AI (Artificial Intelligence) safe and useful (which is keeping them from hurting mankind, think of it as the terminators in the movie.). Almost 300 teams have submitted their research proposals, and now the institute has finally completed having a thorough look at them all and has decide to grant 7 million dollars from Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project to 37 projects over the course of the next three years. Some of the studies aim at teaching AI what are the preferences of humans based on the body language, helping it make decisions easier, while another promises to find a way to make sure that the robots and weapons with AI are always under the control of humans.

Elon Musk-backed project grants $7 million to AI researchers Photo Credit: Google Images

Elon Musk-backed project grants $7 million to AI researchers
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The recipient getting the biggest amount proposes a joint Oxford-Cambridge research center for observing the effects of AI in the long run, among other things. It will also develop policies to “minimize risks and maximize benefit[s] from artificial intelligence development.”

The organizers want to clarify, though, that they’re notfearmongering, especially now that Terminator Genisys is about to be shown in theaters. “The danger with the Terminator scenario isn’t that it will happen, but that it distracts from the real issues posed by future AI,”

FLI president Max Tegmark said. “We’re staying focused, and the 37 teams supported by today’s grants should help solve such real issues.” The institute listed all awardees right here, along with a summary of their proposals, many of which would have sounded like science fiction just a few years ago.

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