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    Wow. Just when the new Terminator movie comes out.


    1 Jul 2015

    As fears grow over what might happen if computers gain an intelligence of their own, tax-funded entrepreneur Elon Musk is sinking over $6 million into a research project to study the worst case scenarios.

    On Wednesday, the Musk-backed Future of Life Institute announced that it was funding a $7 million project for teams around the world to study the risks of artificial intelligence. A $1.2 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project was added to the total of $7 million, with the remainder donated by Musk.

    “There is this race going on between the growing power of the technology and the growing wisdom with which we manage it,” the president of the Future of Life Institute, Max Tegmark, said. “So far all the investments have been about making the systems more intelligent,;his is the first time there’s been an investment in the other.”

    Elon Musk, famed as the father of electric car maker Tesla Motors, has been one of the loudest voices warning that artificial intelligence, or AI, could be a dangerous move for mankind.

    Earlier this year, Musk maintained that AI could be the “biggest existential threat to humans” and compared it to “summoning the demon” that will destroy us.

    Musk also made news in May when it was reported that few of his enterprises have ever made any money and that his multi-billion dollar business empire is built on government subsidies.

    Meanwhile, as thinkers cogitate on the possible futures of AI, a worker in Germany was killed while trying to repair a manufacturing robot in a Kassel, Germany Volkswagen plant.

    A 21-year-old contractor was attempting to repair an older generation of assembly line robots when the robot’s giant arm pinned him to a metal cage, breaking bones and causing internal damage. The worker later died of his injuries.

    VW is investigating the incident.

    Worker killed in Volkswagen robot accident

    A technician has been killed by a robot at a Volkswagen plant near Kassel, Germany.

    A 21 year old external contractor was installing the robot together with a colleague when he was struck in the chest by the robot and pressed against a metal plate. He later died of his injuries, reports Chris Bryant, the FT's Frankfurt correspondent.

    Prosecutors have opened an investigation into how the accident occurred.

    Robot-related fatalities are rare in western production plants as robots are kept behind safety cages to prevent accidental contact with humans.

    In this instance the contractor was standing inside the safety cage when the accident occurred.

    The second employee was outside the cage and was unharmed.

    A Volkswagen spokesman stressed that the robot was not one of the new generation of lightweight collaborative robots that work side-by-side with workers on the production line and forgo safety cages.

    VW said the robot had not suffered a technical defect.
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    ...and the difference between this and getting an arm caught in a punch press in 1945?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    ...and the difference between this and getting an arm caught in a punch press in 1945?
    That'll be the next Terminator movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    ...and the difference between this and getting an arm caught in a punch press in 1945?
    Posted from yo' mama's house.



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