We now know how Elon Musk's $10 million donation will help

November 5, 2017 – 08:45 am

Elon Musk AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillElon Musk thinks we have to be very careful with AI.Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, doesn’t trust artificial intelligence, which he once likened to “summoning the demon.”

In fact, Musk distrusts it so much that, in January, he donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute (FLI) to fund a program with the goal of making sure AI doesn’t completely overrun our ability to regulate it and end up destroying us all.

Now some of that $10 million will be doled out in grants to 37 research projects around the world, according to Bloomberg. The $7 million FLI will distribute came from Musk’s donation and a $1.2 million award from the Open Philanthropy Project.

How exactly will these projects accomplish that? They all take pieces of the puzzle. Three of the projects, at places like UC Berkeley and Oxford, will help AI systems learn what humans want by observing how we act, Android Authority reported. Two other projects focus on developing an ethical system for AI, and relatedly, teaching AI to explain its decisions to us.

Some of the projects also feel more immediate. One project seeks to establish a framework for keeping AI-powered weapons under “meaningful human control, ” according to Android Authority. This is particularly relevant as advanced drone technology allows the US Navy to test things like autonomous ships to hunt enemy submarines

Source: www.businessinsider.com

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