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Elon Musk donates $10M to keep AI beneficial

Thursday January 15, 2015 We are delighted to report that technology inventor Elon Musk, creator of Tesla and SpaceX, has decided to donate $10M to the Future of Life Institute to run a global research program aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity.

“I agree with them, so I’m today committing $10M to support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity.” Musk’s announcement was welcomed by AI leaders in both academia and industry: “It’s wonderful, because this will provide the impetus to jump-start research on AI safety”, said AAAI president Tom Dietterich.

“Our organization studies how we can maximize the benefits of future technologies while avoiding potential pitfalls.” The research supported by the program will be carried out around the globe via an open grants competition, through an application portal at http://futureoflife.org that will open by Thursday January 22.

“This donation will make a major impact”, said UCSC professor and FLI co-founder Anthony Aguirre: “While heavy industry and government investment has finally brought AI from niche academic research to early forms of a potentially world-transforming technology, to date relatively little funding has been available to help ensure that this change is actually a net positive one for humanity.” “That AI systems should be beneficial in their effect on human society is a given”, said Stuart Russell, co-author of the standard AI textbook “Artificial Intelligence: a Modern Approach”.

The first challenge is to maximize acceleration, but once it starts picking up speed, you also need to to focus on steering.” Along with research grants, the program will also include meetings and outreach programs aimed at bringing together academic AI researchers, industry AI developers and other key constituents to continue exploring how to maximize the societal benefits of AI;

18 artificial intelligence researchers reveal the profound changes coming to our lives

Guia Marie Del Prado Oct. 26, 2015, 4:39 PM 484,335 FACEBOOK LINKEDIN TWITTER EMAIL PRINT Oli Scarff/Getty Images Artificial intelligence (AI) has been changing our lives for decades, but never has AI felt more ubiquitous than now.

To get an a realistic handle on what that future might look like, Tech Insider spoke to 18 artificial intelligence researchers, roboticists, and computer scientists about the single most profound change artificial intelligence could bring.

Japanese officials inspect the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.REUTERS/Kyodo AI for robotics will allow us to address the challenges in taking care of an aging population and allow much longer independence.

Imagine if skills could just be downloaded — what's going to happen when we have this kind of AI but only the rich can afford to become cyborgs, what's that going to do to society?

What if I lost a limb and I can't swim as fast, what if an AI can actually know how to control this robotic limb that's now attached to me to quickly and efficiently let me swim?

Future systems may work via augmented reality or by giving us sensory abilities far beyond existing vision, hearing, and manipulation.

AP If you had a system that could read all the pages and understand the context instead of just throwing back 26 million pages to answer your query, that kind of program could actually answer the questions asked.

It'll be like if you asked a real question and got an answer from a person who had really read all those millions and millions and billions of pages and understood them and been able to synthesize all that information.

Everything we have of value as human beings, as a civilization, is the result of our intelligence and what AI could do is essentially be a power tool that magnifies human intelligence and gives us the ability to move our civilization forward in all kinds of ways.

All these things that we've contemplated, whether it's space travel or solutions to diseases that plague us, Ebola virus, all of these things would be a lot more tractable if the machines are trying to solve these problems.

really think that robotics is going to improve the way we work, the way we live, and the way we explore new frontiers — if you think of the ocean, if you think of space.

lot of these things that we'll be introducing will be seen as helpful technologies, just like your cell phone is a helpful technology, but not as lots of robots entering our work or entering our homes.

Artificial intelligence is really embedded in many of the devices we already use, from cars to search engines, everything, and I think all of these, every technology we use changes our lives in profound ways.

We are social beings and need people around, but increasingly, in some societies, many people seem to be more comfortable dealing with people through machines — through mobile, messenger, etc — than in person.

But also in positive ways, it's helped us, made us more connected to people that we love, made it easier for us to maintain contact with information, keep track of what's happening in the world, figure out what restaurants go to next, where to watch movies.

YouTube Screenshot As we have more of the population growing older, the better we can enable them to stay in their homes longer, the more happy they are, and the healthier they are, the better it is for the whole healthcare system.

We can have more home robots that can help people with these activities of daily living: Making sure people take their medicine, helping them prepare their food, making sure that if they don't get out of bed someone is notified.

If everybody's genome is sequenced, and their medical records are in very fine detail, and you have access to an enormous quantity of clinical studies and so on, it's possible, thanks to machine learning, to match up very very carefully individual problems with very specialized treatments that are tailored for exactly that kind of person.

computer that better understands what we want and does things for us could have a huge impact on the billions of people on the Earth who aren't even able to interact with a computer because they can't read or write.

If computers are able to converse in natural language and really understand what people are asking and give sensible answers it might really have a big impact on all of these people that currently don't benefit from the kind of technology that we do.

File photo of humanoid robots working side by side with employees in the assembly line at a factory of Glory Ltd.Thomson Reuters The US and I think most of the world has pushed hard on this idea of knowledge workers — you should get an education, you should educate yourself and stay ahead of the changing world.

It's a sudden switch, when something becomes cheaper, when the self-driving car becomes cheaper than the human driver, immediately the whole system will flip around, and say just sell self-driving cars.

When a AI-based medical doctor becomes cheaper, why not switch all medical doctors to smart computer programs and have a few remaining human specialists for very special cases.

New AI research makes it easier to create fake footage of someone speaking

An aspect of artificial intelligence that’s sometimes overlooked is just how good it is at creating fake audio and video that’s difficult to distinguish from reality.

The latest example of AI’s audiovisual magic comes from the University of Washington, where researchers have created a new tool that takes audio files, converts them into realistic mouth movements, and then grafts those movements onto existing video.

Of course, there’s also the worry that tools like this can and will be used to generate misleading video footage — the sort of stuff that would give some real heft to the term “fake news.” Combine a tool like this with technology that can recreate anyone’s voice using just a few minutes of sample audio and you’d be forgiven for thinking there are scary times ahead.

“We very consciously decided against going down the path of putting other people’s words into someone’s mouth.”) But in theory, this tech could be used to map anyone’s voice onto anyone’s face, will everyone be so scrupulous if the technology becomes widespread?

Putin says the nation that leads in AI ‘will be the ruler of the world’

Russian president Vladimir Putin has joined the war of words concerning the international race to develop artificial intelligence.

Although it’s thought that artificial intelligence will help boost countries’ economies in a number of areas, from heavy industry to medical research, AI technology will also be useful in warfare.

Artificial intelligence can be used to develop cyber weapons, and control autonomous tools like drone swarms — fleets of low-cost quadcopters with a shared ‘brain’ that can be used for surveillance as well as attacking opponents.

Putin noted that Russia did not want to see any one country “monopolize” the field, and said instead: “If we become leaders in this area, we will share this know-how with entire world, the same way we share our nuclear technologies today.” Update September 4th, 5:40AM ET: Elon Musk offers his cheery perspective on Twitter: China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science.

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