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LinkedIn and eBay pledge $20m for AI ethics


Initially published on 19 Jan, 2017 09:00 am

The founders of LinkedIn and eBay, Reid Hoffman and Pierre Omidyar, have each agreed to donate $10 million for research into the development of socially responsible artificial intelligence (AI) systems.


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The contributions to the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which is organised by MIT's Media Lab and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, will aim to prevent the creation of AI systems that will damage society.

The Fund has now collected a total of $27m, with an additional $5m donated by the Knight Foundation and $1m each from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Jim Pallotta, who founded the Raptor Group.

"One of the most critical challenges is how do we make sure that the machines we 'train' don't perpetuate and amplify the same human biases that plague society," Joi Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab, said in a statement.

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