• There is now a broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily, and that its impact on society is likely to increase. A long list of leading AI-researchers have signed an open letter calling for research aimed at ensuring that AI systems are robust and beneficial, doing what we want them to do.
  • "It's wonderful, because this will provide the impetus to jump-start research on AI safety", said AAAI president Tom Dietterich. "This addresses several fundamental questions in AI research that deserve much more funding than even this donation will provide."
  • The $10M program will be administered by the Future of Life Institute, a non-profit organization whose scientific advisory board includes AI-researchers Stuart Russell and Francesca Rossi.

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