The famous South African-born technology entrepreneur, investor and engineer Elon Musk has spoken frequently about the dangers of artificial intelligence. He was quoted in a 2014 interview at the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium as saying it was humanity’s “largest existential threat” and suggested regulatory oversight at the national and international level.
In a 2018 interview with Joe Rogan, posted on Rogan’s youtube channel, Musk said artificial intelligence isn’t as big of a worry as it used to be to him, however, it still poses serious threats.
The problem is that humans are generally wired to want the next big thing in technology – the newest Macbook pro, the latest Tesla update — as soon as it comes out. People want more images, more videos, more bandwidth. This has caused us to be more and more connected to technology and more dependent on artificial intelligence than ever before.
“The percentage of intelligence that is not human is increasing,” Monk said. “Eventually we will represent a very small percentage of intelligence.”
If we let artificial intelligence become more dominant than human intelligence, Musk said, it could be terrible and it could be great. “But one thing is for sure – we will not control it,” he said.
Merging with artificial intelligence in a symbiotic way seems like the best scenario. Figuring out the best way to do that is the next challenge.
Musk suggests several ways this might happen, which are both fascinating and terrifying. At any rate, it’s a great interview and great fodder for further discussion.
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