Billionaire and Tesla founder Elon Musk wasn't too happy when his private remarks about his fears about AI were made public. Who can blame him, though? One of the biggest names at the forefront of this era's cutting-edge technology and yet he has reservations about artificial intelligence? Wouldn't be a good idea to let the robots know.
Jokes aside, Musk seems to have serious concerns if you go by the comment he made which were quickly removed but screenshotted by someone on Reddit:
"The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I'm not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast-it is growing at a pace close to exponential. The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don't understand.
I am not alone in thinking we should be worried. The leading AI companies have taken great steps to ensure safety. The recognize (sic) the danger, but believe that they can shape and control the digital superintelligences and prevent bad ones from escaping into the Internet. That remains to be seen..."
Are the robots becoming too smart for us?
Where were these comments from? It was in a post on the site Edge.org (since removed) entitled “The Myth of AI”.
Musk had apparently emailed his comments but they were not intended to be made public on the site.
Why is this a big deal? This is because Musk isn’t just a theoretician here; he has invested in a company called DeepMind that works in artificial intelligence. He knows just how far AI has come, has gone and has insight into just how far it could go.
It has been an exciting five years so far, seeing how far robots have evolved. We let them vacuum our houses, use them in surveillance, have them help build the things we rely on. But aside from the stuff we see in sci-fi novels (hello Asimov), just how much security is there when it comes to robots? And is the robo-calypse really a possibility within the next 10 years.
Suddenly all the preppers and doomsday predictors suddenly don't seem so crazy after all.
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