Close your eyes. What do you see when you think about artificial intelligence? Hal 9000defying human orders? Ava savagely murdering her maker? What about ARIIA taking over the country from deep inside the Pentagon?
With a new competition, XPRIZE and IBM Watson challenge us to think slightly more pragmatically (or at least less apocalyptically dystopian) about the implications of artificial intelligence research on the future of humanity.
To date, more than 1,000 people have registered to form teams with plans to tackle such issues as health, climate, transportation, space travel, robots, city planning, surgery, education and even civil rights. Because the competition is an open challenge, teams are expected to come up with criteria on which they will ultimately be judged in 2020.
Some teams may be backed by corporations or angels, while others may go it alone as a team. Labs, startups, a group in a corporation or even a spinoff can constitute a team.
“We think this prize specifically might drive a lot of financing activity,” said Amir Banifatemi, XPRIZE lead for the competition.