The pioneer of electric cars, Musk has frequently voiced concern that our preoccupation with artificial intelligence (AI) is going to drive humanity to a sticky end.
The donation marks a step towards concrete action to assuage these fears, and will go to the Future of Life Institute (FLI).
The organisation is a non-profit advisory board dedicated to weighing up the potential of AI technology to benefit humanity.
Despite being the architect of futuristic enterprises like Hyperloop – a high-speed transportation system – as well as SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Musk believes AI poses a real threat to humans if unchecked.”
Consequently, his $10 million donation will help bolster the FLI’s global research program that provides grants to those who are developing ideas to make AI safer.
The program opens for applications from the 19 January, with more details on the Future of Life Institute website.
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