On Friday, Elon Musk – the Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Motors – fired off a new and ominous warning about artificial intelligence by suggesting that the emerging technology – Artificial Intelligence – is posing an even greater risk to the world than a nuclear conflagration with North Korea.
Elon Musk says AI is a bigger threat in comparison to North Korea
Musk has been a fierce and a longtime critic of Artificial Intelligence since forever. Once, the CEO of SpaceX even likened this new tech to “summoning the demon” in a horror movie. In a Twitter post, he said that people should be more concerned about the rise of the machines than they are about North Korea.
He wrote, “If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.” According to him, A.I is more risky than North Korea. Musk posted what looked like a photo of a poster bearing the chilling words ‘In the end, the machines will win’ while reacting to the news that autonomous tech had bested competitive players in an electronic sports competition.
Currently, the CEO of Tesla Motors is leading commercial space travel with his venture SpaceX. In addition to this, the CEO is the founder of OpenAI as well. OpenAI is a nonprofit business that promotes the “safe” development of AI. The stance of the Tesla CEO puts him at odds with several parts of the tech industry.
Everything is being regulated, why not A.I?
Musk said in his tweet recently, “Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that’s a danger to the public is regulated. AI should be too.” He claimed that the bot of OpenAI was the first to overthrow the best players in competitive eSports worldwide but, he added, increasingly powerful artificial intelligence such as the bot of OpenAI would eventually need to be reined in for the safety of the people.
Musk, who has expressed his mistrust of A.I. before as well, warned last year that if A.I. is left unregulated then humans could delve into the “equivalent of house cats next to increasingly powerful supercomputers.” During the 2016 Code Conference of Vox Media in Southern California, Musk said, “I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer – A third, digital layer that could work well and symbiotically with the rest of your body.”
At the time, he said, “If we can create a high-bandwidth neural interface with your digital self, then you’re no longer a house cat.”