Elon Musk, who must have shared “cigarettes” with Barack and Malia Obama and then taken the movie Terminator a little too seriously, has given the human race a “5 to 10” percent chance to survive artificial intelligence.
In remarks to his staff, Musk called artificial intelligence a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”
Musk warned that there is not much chance that the machines will not destroy us, like the evil calculating machines (usually who can talk) in science fiction movies.
The idea isn’t without merit. Carefully designing computers and machines, especially weapons of war, is a good idea. Especially since human scientists are not even close to discovering what creates consciousness or self-awareness.
But to bring this up on Thanksgiving, and say the world is already 95% doomed? Come on, Elon.
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Like many of his peers, Musk advocates serious regulation of AI, and as soon as possible.
Musk seeks a proactive approach to what he sees as a potentially deadly worldwide AI crisis, which means that governments must become well-versed in the concepts before such understanding becomes a matter of life and death.
“Normally the way regulations are set up is when a bunch of bad things happen, there’s a public outcry, and after many years a regulatory agency is set up to regulate that industry,” he said.
“It takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization.”
And Musk is certain that approach will not work for artificially intelligent superweapons: “Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid, as they should be… By the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’ll be too late.”
While Elon Musk’s assertions may, on the surface, sound like the rambling backdrop to a science fiction dystopia, the danger is all too real.
Already, arms manufacturers like Kalashnikov are unveiling the autonomous future of mass killing, and Neuralink itself is researching the implementation of brain-computer interfaces using computer hardware implanted into human skulls.
Or, as Musk added, “Sleep well!”
He’s a billionaire, and a genius. But you know what? Like most of America’s elites, he’s also a drama queen.