Ebay founder donates to protect us from AI
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Ebay founder donates to protect us from AI

Artificial intelligence is a huge part of modern technology and one that has come on leaps and bounds over the last decade. However, as any fan of science-fiction films will know, robotics is to be treated with a degree of caution and sensitivity. It is because of this that the founder of Ebay just contributed $10 million to protect society from AI.

Robotics, automation and artificial intelligence are currently providing individuals and businesses in both the public and private sector with huge benefits. These robots can bring down costs and speed up processes and work in manufacturing, computing, designing, printing and many other areas.

However, as is always the case in business, as one technology becomes more prevalent other people, technologies and functions become redundant. Also, there has always been a lingering fear that artificial intelligence would soon become harmful to society as machines became smarter and more responsive. You just have to watch iRobot, Terminator or The Matrix to get the gist.

Now, in a bid to make sure that society is protected at all times from this rise of robotics, Ebay founder, Pierre Omidyar, along with the founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, have donated $20 million to the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund.

Liat Clark, writing in Wired, said: ‘Rather than being at the behest of tech giants, the newly formed Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund - headed up by Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and the MIT Media Lab - will pool together the collective insights of social scientists, ethicists, philosophers, faith leaders, economists, lawyers, and policymakers.’

Reid Hoffman, said in a statement: “There’s an urgency to ensure that AI benefits society and minimises harm. AI decision-making can influence many aspects of our world – education, transportation, healthcare, criminal justice and the economy – yet data and code behind those decisions can be largely invisible.”

The US government has previously published three official reports and held a senate meeting about the potential disruption that could be caused by the rise of artificial intelligence. 

Dominion holds Ebay in its Global Trends Ecommerce Fund.

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