Artificial intelligence, or AI, can be a contentious issue in tech and engineering. We’re on an important threshold where tech leaders are asking how we can keep AI in check and still reach new potentials in robotics, automation and other forms of technology. In an effort to establish control over AI and ensure it always functions to benefit the humans who create, use, and will eventually rely upon it, Elon Musk has recently started funding new efforts to keep AI safe.
“The Boston-based Future of Life Institute has awarded $7 million in funds from Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project to 37 research teams around the world. The list of grant recipients includes teams developing AI that can explain its decisions to humans, studying how to keep the economic impact of AI beneficial, and figuring out how to keep AI-based military weapons under human control. Such research could help society continue to benefit from the development of smarter AI while keeping potential dangers to a minimum.”
Do you think such investment makes sense considering where we stand in today’s robotic and automation technologies, especially as more of them go from specialized and industrial applications to our homes and public spaces? Tell us what you think in the comments.