Critic Elon Musk Quits Ethics Research Group OpenAI

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Musk and Y Combinator president Sam Altman co-founded the $1 billion company in 2015 as a non-profit organisation with a aim to study ethics and safety of artificial intelligence.

Additionally, Elon Musk will depart the OpenAI Board but will continue to donate and advise the organization.

OpenAI's mission is to develop safe AGI (artificial general intelligence) and ensure those developments are made public; its 60 or so researchers are tasked with long-term research, according to the company.

Musk will continue to "donate and advise the organization", OpenAI said in a blog post February 20, adding that "As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon".

OpenAI also announced a group of new donors this week, including former Olympic athletes Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton as well as Skype founder Jaan Tallinn. "I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence".

Its research has been wide-ranging, including teaching computers to control robots with minimal instruction and the creation of AI agents to play popular video game Dota. If you know the top performers at Open AI, it might be tempting to recruit them to work at Tesla.

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

Kimbal Musk, the brother of Elon Musk, is a philanthropist and restaurant owner who lives in Boulder and he's giving away his Tesla Model 3 - and all the proceeds will go to his charity, Big Green.

With all the known benefits, Elon Musk still admits that the artificial intelligence is very unsafe, maybe even riskier than North Korea. In addition to being the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, he has also co-founded Hyperloop, which develops super fast tube-transportation systems.

Elon Musk has promised prospective customers and investors that vehicles with Tesla's "Hardware 2" sensors would be capable of fully autonomous driving with software upgrades in 2019.

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