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Microsoft has given up 'significant sales' over concerns that the customer will use AI for evil, says a top scientist (MSFT)
Business Insider4/13/2018 3:09:25 PM

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  • At a conference this week, Microsoft Research scientist and leader Eric Horvitz says that the company has given up "significant sales" because it was worried the customer would use AI for not-good purposes. 
  • Microsoft clarifies with Business Insider that the company has never cut off an existing contract over these concerns, but has turned customers away.
  • Horvitz says that Microsoft has also placed contractual limits on what customers can do with AI, for ethical reasons.


Long-time Microsoft scientist Eric Horvitz says that the software company takes AI ethics so seriously, “significant sales have been cut off" because it was concerned that the potential customer would use its technology for no good. 

Horvitz, a director and technical fellow with Microsoft Research, made his remarks on stage at Carnegie Mellon University's K&L Gates Conference on Ethics and AI on Monday, as originally reported by GeekWire.

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