Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is putting millions behind a new Paris lab that will study artificial intelligence. Elon Musk, the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO, probably isn’t happy with the announcement. Mr. Musk says that AI is “Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”
The new lab will, according to a blog post from the firm, give “valuable expertise and new perspectives to our work,” the team plans “to work openly with and invest in the AI research community in France, the EU, and beyond.”
Facebook jumps deep into AI
Mark Zuckerberg is a big fan of AI investments, and his firm may need to keep up in the area in order to keep growing. Other firms, including Google, Microsoft and Apple, are all putting huge sums into the area.
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Facebook wants to be ahead of the curve, and the firm is investing huge amounts of money in order to get there. Facebook spent more than $1 billion on research in the first three months of the year, and much of that is thought to have gone to the firm’s AI hopes.
Yann LeCun, one of the many big names in the area for decades, is the head of the Artificial Intelligence research program at Facebook.
Many of the leading figures in AI are from Europe, says a report on the new Facebook Lab from Wired. It makes sense then that Facebook is putting a lab in Paris. The other Facebook AI Research (FAIR) labs are in Menlo Park and New York.
Mark Zuckerberg’s firm could benefit from AI in many ways. AI is able to take data from users, analyze it, and turn it into more useful info. Facebook has used “neural networks” in the past in order to recognize the faces of people in photos, though that did not prove a good move if user reaction is believed.
Tesla Motors CEO Musk hates, invests in, AI
Despite his fears about the tech, Elon Musk knows that AI is going to come about eventually. To that end the CEO has spent a good deal of time investing in the tech so that he has a hand in its future.
Back in 2014 Elon Musk, along with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and others, invested $40 million into AI start-up Vicarious. The goal of that business is not clear, but the Tesla Motors CEO has put $10 million into the Future of Life Institute in order to “support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity.”
Elon Musk may hate the idea of AI, but he’s going to embrace it in order to bring the future in the direction he sees as best. The CEO is putting AI into cars this summer with the self-driving Tesla Model S update.
What Mr. Musk doesn’t like is the building of mass connected intelligent systems. Google, Facebook and Microsoft are trying to put together huge “neural networks” that could grow out of control.
Mr. Musk wants Facebook to keep looking at AI that can benefit humanity without moving outside the bounds of safety. Facebook, in its new Paris lab, may not be listening to the CEO’s ideas.