Elon Musk Backs A.I. Risk Research; Google Chatbot Talks Meaning of Life

This week, Elon Musk is backing research into artificial intelligence risks, while a Google chatbot examines the meaning of life. Plus, Mark Zuckerberg explains how Facebook is harnessing artificial intelligence. Read on for more:

Bloomberg reports that Tesla's Elon Musk is backing an international research program that will "look at the risks and opportunities posed by the development of A.I."

CNET checks out the meaning of life, as defined by a Google chatbot.

The Washington Post asks, "Could artificial intelligence be the new climate change? Is it a dangerous threat that human[s] will overlook until it is too late?"

• Mark Zuckerberg plans to use artificial intelligence for Facebook "to build A.I. systems that are better than humans at our primary senses: vision, listening, etc.," according to TechCrunch.

TechRepublic shares 10 things you need to know about artificial intelligence, a technology that "still has its challenges, like being constantly misunderstood."

TweakTown reports that an Oxford University academic recently issued a warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

NPR spotlights a new book, Speak by Louisa Hall, that "explores what happens to humanity when machines have no trouble at all acting human."

• The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on a Dartmouth University contest that will see if judges can tell the difference between art created by humans and art created by artificial intelligence.

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