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Elon Musk hasn’t been shy about sharing his fears about artificial intelligence, or AI. Earlier this year, the Tesla and SpaceX founder described the dangers of AI run amok: “You could construct scenarios where recovery of human civilization does not occur,” he said. To address that risk, he gave $10 million to the Boston-based Future of Life Institute, or FLI, to lead a global research program into AI safety. FLI organized a grants competition to select the research it would fund, and today announced the competition’s winners.More →

In November, with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa showing no signs of slowing, the list of people climbing aboard planes to Liberia and Sierra Leone was not terribly long. Deborah Theobald, the co-founder of healthcare company Vecna Technologies, was one of them. Accompanying her were two new tools that, it was hoped, could aid health workers trying to care for stricken patients.More →