Bill Gates and Elon Musk recently discussed the future of AI, and Bill said he shared Elon’s safety concerns. Regarding people dismissing AI concerns, he said “How can they not see what a huge challenge this is?”. We’re honored that he also referred to our new FLI research program on beneficial AI as “absolutely fantastic”.
About Max Tegmark
Known as “Mad Max” for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure, his scientific interests range from precision cosmology to the ultimate nature of reality, all explored in his new popular book “Our Mathematical Universe”. He is an MIT physics professor with more than two hundred technical papers and has featured in dozens of science documentaries. His work with the SDSS collaboration on galaxy clustering shared the first prize in Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year: 2003.” He is founder (with Anthony Aguirre) of the Foundational Questions Institute.
We were quite curious to see how many applications we’d get for our Elon-funded grants program on keeping AI beneficial, given the short notice and unusual topic. I’m delighted to report that the response was overwhelming: about 300 applications for a total of about $100M, including a great diversity of awesome teams and projects from
Steve Wozniak, without whom I wouldn’t be typing this on a Mac, has now joined the growing group of tech pioneers (most recently his erstwhile arch-rival Bill Gates) who feel that we shouldn’t dismiss concerns about future AI developments. Interestingly, he says that he had long dismissed the idea that machine intelligence might outstrip human
The Future of Technology: Benefits and Risks FLI was officially launched Saturday May 24, 2014 at 7pm in MIT auditorium 10-250 – see video, transcript and photos below. The coming decades promise dramatic progress in technologies from synthetic biology to artificial intelligence, with both great benefits and great risks. Please watch the video below for a fascinating discussion about