Elon Musk has a warning about artificial intelligence

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Saturday 25 October 2014 13:00
Science and Tech

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk is not known for being wary of technology - he is after all, currently working out how to colonise Mars. Which makes his warning about artificial intelligence all the more interesting.

Speaking at MIT's Aeronautics and Astronautics Department yesterday, the Telsa CEO warned it could be our biggest "existential threat":

I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence.

Increasingly scientists think 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. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out.

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