Elon Musk Wants to Create Robots to Carry Out Household Chores

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 - 6:09AM
Artificial Intelligence
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 - 6:09AM
Elon Musk Wants to Create Robots to Carry Out Household Chores
There's probably not many things that scare Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk - but the billionaire admits that one of his deepest fears is an artificial intelligence takeover within the next 5-10 years. So, of course, Musk did the only logical thing he could think of to prevent this from ever happening - he created more A.I. Specifically, under the umbrella of his artificial intelligence nonprofit, Open AI, Musk is working with Sam Altman of Y Combinatory to create an "off-the-shelf" robot that will execute basic housework. According to a recent company blog post, the nonprofit's mission is to "build safe AI and ensure AI's benefits are as widely and evenly distributed as possible."

Musk's A.I mission is divided into four goals:

- Goal 1, measure our progress


- Goal 2, build a household robot

- Goal 3, Build an agent with useful natural language

- Goal 4, solve a wide variety of games using a single agent.

Regarding their second goal, the Open A.I. team believe that the learning of household tasks could serve as the perfect testing bed for future projects.

Opening quote
We're working to enable a physical robot (off-the-shelf; not manufactured by OpenAI) to perform basic housework. There are existing techniques for specific tasks, but we believe that learning algorithms can eventually be made reliable enough to create a general-purpose robot. More generally, robotics is a good testbed for many challenges in AI.
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Once the team manages to build this robotic maid for the general populous, it plans to counterintuitively up the intelligence of this robotic service, so it can hold conversations and problem solve better than most humans. That sounds suspiciously like the road that leads to an A.I. takeover, if you ask me.

Furthermore, another blog post discusses a recent paper collaboration on concrete A.I. safety problems, and how to make sure A.I. systems do what people actually want them to do, and prevent them from being hacked or distorting their functions. 

Sounds like when the robots take over, we'll be needing that colony on Mars after all.

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