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January 16, 2015

Elon Musk Gives $10-Million for Safe Artificial Intelligence

Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has donated $10-million to a nonprofit research group to support work aimed at keeping artificial intelligence, or AI, "beneficial to humanity," The Washington Post and Fast Company write. The gift to the Future of Life Institute will fund an open grant competition for AI research and related studies in a range of fields, including economics and ethics.

Mr. Musk, the co-founder of PayPal and head of electric-car maker Tesla Motors, has often raised concerns about the development of AI in appearances and online comments, at times invoking the Terminator films about the rise of intelligent machines that turn on humanity. He recently joined Stephen Hawking and hundreds of other scientists and intellectuals in signing an open letter setting out priorities for "robust and beneficial" AI research.