I’m sure most of you have seen the Terminator movies, the effects of AI and what happened when SkyNet was put into service, sending the world into a downward spiral of destruction and war. Elon Musk has likely envisioned something similar as he tweeted;
Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 3, 2014
Elon is a powerful man in this world, responsible for services such as PayPal, Tesla, space travel technologies and a whole lot more, so you have to assume the guy knows what he is talking about. This is especially true given that Elon is a major investor in AI startup Vicarious.
So while Elon may be working on AI himself, his warning is still valid and the next few years could certainly make a big impact on the world of AI, let’s just also hope we don’t have a SkyNet style situation on our hands, or further down the scale, Toasters that purposely burn your toast because you were rude to them.
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