You know the rise of the machines is coming Mark Zuckerberg, one of the most influential people in the world, pledged to speed up the development of artificial intelligence (AI).
In a live video stream from Berlin, the Facebook founder detailed a plan to gift 25 high-powered GPU servers to European research labs. The purpose of this gift is to ramp up the development of artificial intelligence. Facebook is already using AI programs on their users and you may not even know it.
The social network can recognize patterns with regards to how you interact with web pages and, in turn, Facebook delivers curated content based on those perceived patterns. For instance, if you “like” posts from someone on a consistent basis then Facebook will make sure you see more posts from that person on your timeline.
Back to Mark Zuckerberg’s plan.
The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Partnership Program will kick off by donating four servers to Klaus-Robert Müller at the Technical University of Berlin. His team is working on image analysis of breast cancer and chemical modeling of molecules.
“VR is going to need 10 years to become a very mainstream big thing,” Zuckerberg said. “But we’re committed to this. We have the resources to be able to invest and use these investments across the world to bring the research community into this.”
Facebook’s director of Facebook AI Research, Yann LeCun, joined Zuckerberg at the event to map out the company’s vision for future AI endeavors. The event also gave Facebook a chance to show off their streaming video platform Facebook Live and talk more about the futher development of virtual reality (VR).
“Our mission is to give anyone the power to express anything they’re thinking about or want to experience,” Zuckerberg explained
It’s true that there are many fantastic applications for artificial intelligence, but it needs to be very carefully monitored to ensure that we don’t end up looking down the barrel of a shogun held by a T-800.