The Threat Of Robots – Elon Musk Spends Millions To Control Them

Telsa and SpaceX is owned by Elon Musk, who has always expressed his belief that the advancement of artificial intelligence will be he downfall of humanity.

The rest of the people, who believe in same ideology as Musk, will be delighted to know that he has invested millions into the Future of Life Institute (FLI), which is working towards putting a stop to the developing Artificial Intelligence (AI).

FLI has now announced the issuing of grants to about 40 research teams, all share the same goal; hoping to battle AI in different ways.

Three of the projects at hand are creating Artificial Intelligence systems that can learn what humans like and don’t like just be observation. Oxford University and US Berkeley are doing these researches.

Researches are working on another project in which they are examining how to keep the super intelligent systems aligned with human values. This project is a part of Machine Intelligence Research Institute.

FLI is aiming to research as much as possible to gain control over AI, including making the systems explain their decisions to humans, making their economic impacts beneficial, making sure that AI driven weapon are at all times under human control and a the Institute is conducting a project that researches AI relevant legislation.

$7 million will be spent on all this research for greater control over AI, much of the money is Musk’s investment in the institute.

Musk expressed his concerns about artificial intelligence last year when he compared the advancements in AI as ‘summoning the demon’

“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence,” explained Musk. “If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful.”

So will it all end like it does in the movies? When the robots go berserk and take over? Not quite so, at least that’s why Max Tegmark, president of FLI says.

Tegmark explains that the dangers seen in the movie are not the real dangers one has to be worried about, the real threats posed by AI are far different.

He continues: “We’re staying focused, and the 37 teams supported by today’s grants should help solve such real issues.”


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