XPRIZE to dispel artificial intelligence worries

To dispel concerns that artificial intelligence (AI) could wipe out mankind and to demonstrate benefits of the nascent technology is the goal of a new XPRIZE that invites teams to compete for $5m in rewards. The new challenge, supported by IBM, will run until 2020 with elimination rounds taking place every year at IBM’s World of Watson conferences, dedicated to the company’s machine capable of answering questions posed in the natural language. “Personally, I am sick and tired of the dystopian conversation around AI,” said XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis. Some of the world’s greatest minds, including physicist Stephen Hawking and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk have warned that AI could possibly destroy humanity if not handled with care. However, the challenge hopes to show a more optimistic version of the future…

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