AI Objectives Institute aims to correct the course of AI development

06/03/2023 | WIRED

Shortly before the premature death of privacy and security researcher Peter Eckersley last September, he convinced artificial intelligence (AI) entrepreneur Deger Turan to head up the AI Objectives Institute (AOI). According to Eckersley, the project to correct the course of AI evolution was too big to run on his own, particularly given his serious health issues. 

When Turan arrived in San Francisco a week later, Eckersley had died following complications from colon cancer treatment. Without having the time to inform Eckersley that he would take on the role of President, Turan knew what he had to do. AOI's goal is not to impede AI's progress but to "steer its objectives away from away from those single-minded, destructive forces," such as "environmental destruction, exploitation of the poor, and rampant nationalism."

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