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Elon Musk and Partners Form Nonprofit to Stop AI From Ruining the World

Y Combinator CEO Sam Altman will co-chair OpenAI.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has never been particularly shy about his fear of killer robots, but now he seems to be doing something about it. Today, Musk and a group of partners announced the formation of OpenAI, a nonprofit venture devoted to open-source research into artificial intelligence. Musk is co-chairing the project with Y Combinator CEO Sam Altman, and a number of powerful Silicon Valley players and groups are contributing funding to the project, including Peter Thiel, Jessica Livingston, and Amazon Web Services.

“Because of AI’s surprising history, it’s hard to predict when human-level AI might come within reach,” the venture’s announcement says. “When it does, it’ll be important to have a leading research institution which can prioritize a good outcome for all over its own self-interest.”

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