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Knight announces $7.6M for AI and ethics projects

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners attends Day 2 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 at San Francisco Design Center on September 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

A $27 million fund aimed at ensuring that artificial intelligence is developed in the public interest has announced its round of funding: $7.6 million, which will be split unequally between MIT’s Media Lab, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center and seven smaller research efforts around the world. The fund was founded with initial support from Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman (pictured above), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Jim Pallotta. PKPR secured coverage for the announcement in outlets including TechCrunchVentureBeatWired, and The Verge.

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