January 16, 2015
Elon Musk is basically (read: actually) a super-villain.
This is a clear ruse.
Just days after joining hundreds of scientists in an open letter warning about the potential dangers of sophisticated artificial intelligence, Elon Musk donated $10 million towards a global research program to ensure AI remains beneficial to humanity.
The $10 million donation is being made to the Future of Life Institute (FLI), a volunteer-run non-profit research and outreach organization “working to mitigate existential risks facing humanity.” FLI’s first area of concern is the “potential risks from the development of human-level artificial intelligence.”
Beginning January 22, Musk’s donation will support an open grant competition for AI researchers and AI-related research in fields such as economics, law, ethics, and policy. Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has called AI potentially more dangerous than nukes.
“Here are all these leading AI researchers saying that AI safety is important,” said Musk in a released statement. “I agree with them, so I’m…committing $10 M to support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity.”
There are mounting concerns among technology and scientific leaders that too much emphasis and money goes towards research into “speech recognition, image classification, autonomous vehicles, machine translation, legged location and question-answering systems,” but little is spent on analyzing how these new advances could help society.
I am leaning more toward the idea that consciousness is literally magic, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that a bunch of whacked-out whack-jobs are trying to invent AI in order to destroy reality or whatever.