Can A.I. Actually Save the World?

Billionaire Elon Musk has launched a project to empower communities of developers to work on artificial intelligence—all with the hope that it can one day solve the world’s biggest problems. Musk and several Silicon Valley leaders chipped in $1 billion to launch OpenAI, an open source research group they say will lead the way in AI advancements. In a statement, they said the goal of the open platform was to “prioritize a good outcome for all over its own self-interest.” But several other companies are at work on AI initiatives that, unfortunately, sound a lot more Terminator-like.

###Potential Future Overlords:

Google purchased DeepMind to “combine the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience,” whatever that means.

Likelihood to One Day Enslave Humanity: 22%

Microsoft created Project Adam, a “deep-learning” software that can “visually recognize any object”—yup, just like the Terminator eye.

Likelihood to One Day Enslave Humanity: 47%

Apple acquired the startup Emotient, a technology that learns how to read facial expressions.

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Likelihood to One Day Enslave Humanity: 64%

Mark Zuckerberg announced he is creating an AI personal assistant “kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man.”

Likelihood to One Day Enslave Humanity: 99%

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