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Elon Musk Steps Down From AI Safety Group To Avoid Conflict of Interest With Tesla 32

New submitter the gmr writes: According to an announcement on the OpenAI blog, Elon Musk has stepped down from the board of directors of the nonprofit AI safety group, which he co-founded in 2015, due potential conflict of interest with his company Tesla. As explained in a post on Futurism, the move away from OpenAI may indicate that Tesla may be moving forward with more AI projects than most people may realize. Musk's departure may mean that Tesla is closer to delivering vehicles capable of Level 5 autonomy, "fully self-driving" vehicles that more than 35,000 Tesla customers paid for even though the technology does not yet exist. "Elon Musk will depart the OpenAI Board but will continue to donate and advise the organization," the announcement reads. "As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon." The OpenAI board of directors now consists of Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Holden Karnofsky, and Sam Altman, with whom Musk co-founded the venture. The company reportedly plans to not only fill Musk's seat but expand their team as well.

"Open AI has also been a prominent voice in the conversation concerning the limitations, challenges, and potential dangers of artificial intelligence," reports Futurism. "Just this week, the company co-released a report with a number of other global AI experts that outlines the potential 'malicious' uses of the technology and how to prevent them."
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Elon Musk Steps Down From AI Safety Group To Avoid Conflict of Interest With Tesla

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  • What most people don't realize is that Elon Musk is in fact an AI bot, which explains "his" unpredictability.

    • And Trump?

    • What most people don't realize is that Elon Musk is in fact an AI bot, which explains "his" unpredictability.

      Yeah, but because of a bizarre Catch-22 . . . his unpredictability is in fact predictable.

      So he really is, in fact, a human.

      However, there is only one real way to be sure:

      Make Soylent Green out of him, and see how it tastes.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    He has realized how big a joke AI is in relation to the hype (which he largely helped to create) like many of us have, and he is just distancing himself from embarrassment and a bad investment like a coward instead of admitting he was wrong.

    • He has realized how big a joke AI is in relation to the hype (which he largely helped to create) like many of us have, and he is just distancing himself from embarrassment and a bad investment like a coward instead of admitting he was wrong.

      The only hype is that the "AI revolution" is coming in "5-10 years", when in reality it will probably be closer to 20 to 50 years, or possibly as long as 100 to 200 years. But regardless, there is no question it's coming. If evolution can create conscious beings from carefully positioned molecules, there's no reason to think that human's can't do it too.

  • by Theaetetus ( 590071 ) <.theaetetus.slashdot. .at. .gmail.com.> on Thursday February 22, 2018 @06:33PM (#56172125) Homepage Journal
    Musk steps down from an AI Safety Group just one day after launching the beginnings of a satellite network [slashdot.org]... a veritable "Sky-Net" if you will...
  • Yup, I see how being held to a standard of safety would raise definite concerns of hurting his bottom line.
  • AIs tend to drift after a while, you need to rebuild them, use new frameworks, remove the bug that has them send sports cars out of the solar system, and makes them hate transit for no reason.

    once the software is rebuilt and the cruft removed, we'll reinstall him

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