AI plugs into sociopolitical instability

AI plugs into sociopolitical instability by John Stremlau, 2016-01-26 06:18:42.0 OPENAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company launched last month with a $1bn commitment from several wealthy technology entrepreneurs, is intended to “advance digital intelligence in the way most likely to benefit humanity as a whole” — a goal that hints at hidden dangers. Elon Musk, South African co-founder of PayPal, the online payment system, instigated OpenAI, after issuing earlier warnings that our “greatest existential threat” could be a superintelligent machine eventually capable of killing its human creators. OpenAI aims to generate freely available research on what is a distant threat in an era, when most consumers are eager to adopt low-cost first-and second-generation artificial intelligence services. According to the latest Internet Trends Report, almost 40% of the world’s population,…

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