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Artificial Intelligence Experts Sign Open Letter to Protect Mankind from Machines

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"Charlie," an ape-like robotic system that walks on four limbs, was demonstrated in Hanover, Germany in March 2014.

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Artificial Intelligence experts around the globe are signing an open letter, put forth Sunday (January 11) by the Future of Life Institute, that pledges to safely and carefully coordinate and communicate about the progress of the field to ensure it does not grow beyond humanity's control. The signees already include co-founders of Deep Mind, the British AI company purchased by Google in January 2014; MIT professors; and experts at some of technology's biggest corporations, including those within IBM's Watson supercomputer team and Microsoft Research.

"Success in the quest for artificial intelligence has the potential to bring unprecedented benefits to humanity, and it is therefore worthwhile to research how to maximize these benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls," the letter's summary reads.

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