Elon Musk Donates $10 Million to Make Sure Robots Don't Kill Us

Elon Musk donates $10 million to artificial intelligence research.

ByALYSSA NEWCOMB
January 15, 2015, 1:06 PM
PHOTO: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduces SpaceX's Dragon V2 spacecraft, the companies next generation version of the Dragon ship designed  to carry astronauts into space, at a press conference in Hawthorne, Calif. in this May 29, 2014, file photo.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduces SpaceX's Dragon V2 spacecraft, the companies next generation version of the Dragon ship designed to carry astronauts into space, at a press conference in Hawthorne, Calif. in this May 29, 2014, file photo.
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— -- If the thought of robots destroying humanity keeps you awake at night, you can sleep a little easier now.Billionaire Elon Musk wants to make sure the world will never face a robot uprising.

Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, tweeted today he is donating $10 million to the Future of Life Institute for research on how to keep artificial intelligence safe.

He has previously expressed his concern about robots, saying artificial intelligence has the potential to be "more dangerous than nukes."

In a tweet announcing the donation, Musk, 43, said it is "all fun and games" until something goes awry.

Musk joined physicist-cosmologist Stephen Hawking among the high-profile people who signed an open letter earlier this week calling for artificial intelligence not just to be more capable, but also more beneficial to humanity moving forward.

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