The development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology is accelerating. A range of transformative innovations now appear likely within the next decade, including self-driving cars, real-time speech-to-speech translation, fully automated image recognition, and autonomous robots. These technologies will have a substantial level of both autonomy and intelligence. Several of the world’s most prominent intellectual and technology leaders, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, have recently suggested careful consideration of the potential impacts of intelligent machines on society.
Bart Selman and Joseph Y. Halpern, Computer Science, are collaborating with researchers at University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan to form the Center for Human-Compatible AI, led by Berkeley’s Stuart Russell and headquartered at Berkeley. Awarded by the Open Philanthropy Project—a collaboration between Good Ventures Foundation and GiveWell—the grant for the center totals $5.5 million. The project will consider the social and ethical implications of AI, with a focus on AI safety: how to build machines that benefit society while minimizing the potential risks to society.