LinkedIn and eBay founders donate $20m to AI safety research fund



DATE: 11/1/2017
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

LinkedIn’s founder Reid Hoffman and Omidyar network, the philanthropic nonprofit of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, are donating $10m each to the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will distribute money to researchers working on the tough ethical problems raised by AI.

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The specific research areas the fund will focus on aren’t fixed, but the possibilities include ethical design – “How do we build and design technologies that consider ethical frameworks and moral values as central features of technological innovation?” – and accountability in AI – “What kinds of controls do we need to minimize AI’s potential harm to society and maximize its benefits?”

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