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Silicon Valley heavyweights spend $1 billion to harness AI

By NexChange


Silicon Valley is apparently worried that its techies might produce a monster. Rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have raised fears of a Frankenstein creation or Terminator droids equipped with the power to dominate humans.

Tesla boss Elon Musk, PayPal’s Peter Thiel and leading companies such as  Amazon Web Services, Infosys and YC Research intend to invest $1 billion “into an attempt to protect humanity from artificial intelligence, underscoring the unease with which many leading technologists view recent developments in AI,” reports the Financial Times. (payall)

The new company, OpenAI, will be a non-profit that conducts research, with the aim that ‘AI should be an extension of individual human wills’.

Concerns about the future powers of computers have been increasing, particularly as recent breakthroughs in “deep learning” have enabled computers better to recognise patterns and understand speech.

No suggestions yet that these people are poachers turned gamekeepers, disguising their ambitions for personal control of AI with Orwellian doublespeak.

Photo: William Cho

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