Will common-sense AI keep us safer?

Elephant and basketball
Which object would fit through the doorway? The elephant vs. basketball choice is an example of the common-sense questions that pose a challenge for artificial intelligence programs. (AI2 Illustration)

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s new $125 million initiative to give artificial intelligence programs more common sense has another goal that’s closer to home: making AI safer for humans.

That’s the way Oren Etzioni, the CEO of the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, explained it in an exclusive interview with GeekWire about Project Alexandria.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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