Dubbed as the real-life Ironman, Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors. If he says there’s something wrong with artificial intelligence, maybe there is.
Speaking at the (MIT) AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, he said, “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that.“ He went on to say, “With artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon.”
Musk is concerned that “something seriously dangerous” could be as imminent as five years away.
“I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.”
Musk believes that the very future of the Earth is at risk.
He writes, “The leading AI companies have taken great steps to ensure safety” ,“They recognize the danger, but believe that they can shape and control the digital superintelligences and prevent bad ones from escaping into the Internet. That remains to be seen.”
“This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don’t understand,” he wrote. “I am not alone in thinking we should be worried.”
2 Bill Gates says we SHOULD fear a robot uprising
Microsoft co-founder says he “agrees with Elon Musk,” that “AI poses a threat to humanity.”
During an Ask Me Anything (AMA) Q&A session on Reddit, Mr Gates said: “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence.”
“First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well.”
“A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”
The uneasiness comes from an awareness that we can’t expect to build into a machine something that we hardly understand ourselves – conscience.
A quick glance at the Sci-Fi rack in your DVD store is enough to tell you that the concern is not a new one. Will Smith’s character in I Robot sums it up: “A human would have known that.”
3 Professor Stephen Hawking – Urges Caution
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
He claims that creating AI “would be the biggest event in human history, [but] unfortunately, it might also be the last.”
Hawking is one of a group of concerned scientists, researchers and academics, who warn that a new arms race could be looming – one of military artificial intelligence.
In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, the group cautioned that if any major military power moves ahead with AI weapons development, an ensuing arms race is “virtually inevitable”.
The writers go on to say, “Autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.” They point out that some of these weapons will be “feasible within years, not decades.”, “(They) require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce,”
“Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group,” it continues. “We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity.”
The letter’s list of signatories reads like a who’s who of the Hi-Tech world, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.