Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, believes investing in too much artificial intelligence is akin to “summoning the demon.” He does not trust the machines and he’s made it clear by donating $10 million to the Future of Life Institute (FLI) in January to fund a program that makes sure AI does not overwhelm us and stays within our control – Terminator – Rise of the Machines, anyone?
So where does the 10 million go? Bloomberg claims it’s going to be invested in research projects around the world. To be noted is that 1.2 million of the donation is from the Open Philanthropy Project.
“There is this race going on between the growing power of the technology and the growing wisdom with which we manage it,” FLI president Max Tegmark told Bloomberg. “So far all the investments have been about making the systems more intelligent, this is the first time there’s been an investment in the other.”
Three of the projects – conducted in 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 ensuring we generate an ethical system for AI – this also includes teaching AI to explain its decisions to us. This is a crucial point, as many sci-fi movies demonstrate how exactly machines end up taking over after deciding that it was for the greater good of the human race!
Another project aims 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.
Interestingly, machines have already started replacing humans for multiple tasks and jobs. According to one recent study, one third of the human workforce will soon be out of jobs as robots – which are claimed to more efficient – will take over. Is this the beginning of the end? The downfall of humans at hands of machines, just as predicted by the awesome Terminator movies?