Elon Musk

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Elon Musk's forays into artificial intelligence include his work on Tesla's self-driving autopilot system and Neuralink's impantable brain-computer interface.

When asked about AI, he often warns about its dangers and says he believes strongly in regulation. But he also sees the technology playing a massive role in the future of humankind, so much so that he described humanity as a precursor to a new lifeform that will evolve once we merge our minds with machines.

Here's how he put it recently:

It seemed to me some time ago that you could sort of think of humanity as a biological boot loader for digital super intelligence. For those who don’t know what a boot loader is, it’s a very tiny piece of code without which the computer cannot start. But it's sort of like the minimal bit of code necessary for a computer to start. Like you couldn't evolve silicon circuits—there needed to be biology to get there.



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OpenAI was founded as a non-profit research lab by Elon Musk and Sam Altman in 2015.

In February, 2018, Musk left, citing a conflict of interest with his work on Tesla's autopilot system.

In 2019, with Altman in charge, OpenAI formed OpenAI LP, a for-profit company it wrote will allow them "to rapidly increase our investments in compute and talent while including checks and balances to actualize our mission."

OpenAI has produced some impressive accomplishments-- in early 2019, its neural networks beat the world's best Dota 2 players. And in July, Microsoft invested $1 billion in OpenAI to pursue artificial general intelligence, an accomplishment many think is atill decades away, if not longer.