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Facebook funds Munich AI institute

The American technology company Facebook has provided €6.5 million for funding the first five years of an institute on the ethics of artificial intelligence at the Technical University of Munich.

The TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, scheduled to open in February, will explore areas such as health, policymaking, business and the web economy. It will also address transparency, accountability and human rights issues involved in human-AI interactions, University World News reported on 25 January.

In a statement announcing the funding, the university said that the institute had been founded because of the long-term importance of the topic. “Innovation cycles relevant to society are not possible without an ethical, legal and political overview,” said vice-president Thomas Hofmann.

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