Elon Musk steps down from OpenAI board

NASA’a commercial crew left to right Douglas Hurley Eric Boe Robert Behnken and Suni Williams

NASA’a commercial crew left to right Douglas Hurley Eric Boe Robert Behnken and Suni Williams

Technology billionaire Elon Musk has quit the board of the research group he co-founded to look into the ethics of artificial intelligence.

Musk is leaving to avoid a conflict of interest between OpenAI's work and the machine learning research done by Tesla to develop autonomous driving, the blog post said.

Mr Musk will continue to donate to and advise the group. The same blog post announces a whole bunch of new donors from differing fields, including Valve's Gabe Newell, Skype founder Jaan Tallinn and Olympians Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton. "I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence". That will involve addressing the policy areas that need changing if we want artificial intelligence to have the most positive impact.

OpenAI has been established just three years ago, but has since then become a significant member of the global machine learning community.

Musk has in the past made warning statements about the threats artificial intelligence may pose.

Musk has always been vocal about the impending dangers the advancement of AI poses on society, saying at one point, AI is "potentially more risky than nukes".

There's no doubt that Elon Musk is an extremely influential and innovative individual.

Click on the audio player above to hear the full interview, and for more Tesla-related content, click below to listen to Kai's 2015 interview with Musk for Marketplace's Corner Office. Musk has also invested in other AI companies, DeepMind and Vicarious. As of Tuesday afternoon, it's been played close to 4,000 times since the February 6 launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

Tesla has been known to struggle with production bottlenecks recently, running significantly behind on delivery times.

Elon Musk is an engineer, inventor, contractor, investor, and a Canadian-American programmer.

Goodbye added, "Those who have had their ears to the ground for any rumblings that Tesla is ready to deliver vehicles capable of Level 5 autonomy could take this new OpenAI development as a sign that the company is inching closer to that elusive goal".

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