Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla has quit the board of OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research company that aims to promote and develop friendly AI that benefits the humanity. Musk is also the co-founder of the OpenAI group.
On Thursday, the research group shared a blog post welcoming new donors that said, “Elon Musk will depart the OpenAI Board but will continue to donate and advise the organisation. As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon.”
In 2014, Elon Musk said that artificial intelligence was humanity’s biggest existential threat, later adding that the United Nations needed to act to prevent a killer robot arms race.
OpenAI has fast become an important voice in the global machine learning community. The research conducted by it has been wide-ranging and includes teaching computers to control robots with little instruction and the creation of artificial intelligence agents to play the popular video game Dota.
The group also recently contributed to the ‘Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence’ report, which warned that artificial intelligent could be exploited by rogue states, criminals and terrorists. In the reports, experts said that drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands.
They also added that those designing AI systems need to do more to prevent the possible misuse of their technology and that governments must consider new laws to tackle such misuse.