Elon Musk quits AI ethics research group

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 23, 2018

Elon Musk is stepping down from the board of Open AI - the AI ethics research group he co-founded - to preempt a future conflict of interest.

The report - which warns of a risky sci-fi future where hackers could build swarms of deadly micro-drones and use self-driving cars as weapons - comes from major AI organizations, including the Elon Musk-backed nonprofit OpenAI.

Founded in 2015 with $1 billion in funding, OpenAI is a non-profit organisation focused on research about artificial intelligence technology and on examining its potential social implications and safety risks.

He has been one of AI's most vocal critics, stressing the potential harms.

OpenAI recently contributed to the Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report, which warned AI was ripe for exploitation by rogue states, criminals and terrorists.

"In the coming months you can also expect us to articulate the principles with which we'll be approaching the next phase of OpenAI, and the policy areas in which we wish to see changes to ensure AI benefits all of humanity".

As Tesla goes deeper down the rabbit hole of perfecting self-driving cars through AI, this paper all but sealed Musk's fate within OpenAI, sacrificing his position in the name of creating AI awareness.

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