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July 17th, 2017

Elon Musk Believes Artificial Intelligence is The Biggest Threat We Face as a Civilization

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Written by: Mila Medonaite
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Billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk sees artificial intelligence as the biggest threat to humanity. Musk, speaking at the National Governors Association on Saturday, explained, “There certainly will be job disruption. Because what’s going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us. … I mean all of us.”

Transportation-related jobs will likely be the first to go as transport becomes fully autonomous. However, Musk also explained how robots seem to grasp concepts much faster than expected. Robots can now teach themselves complicated things, such as walking, much faster than humans can.

Still, Musk is worried job loss isn’t even the worst part of AI, “I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI and I think people should be really concerned by it.” Adding that people don’t realize the potential behind AI and the deep intelligence in the network. “You say, ‘What harm can a deep intelligence in the network do?’ Well, it can start a war by doing fake news and spoofing email accounts and doing fake press releases and by manipulating information,” Musk explained during the meeting. He doesn’t think this type of deep intelligence is only harmful to a small set of people, but rather detrimental to society as a whole.

The solution? Musk urges AI is one of the rare cases where regulation needs to be proactive rather than reactive. He suggests a regulatory agency should be formed to gain more insight into just how fast AI is developing, followed by the implementation of regulations. More insight will lead to awareness and Musk believes, “Once there is awareness people will be extremely afraid, as they should be.”

 

Source: NGA


Written by Mila Medonaite for Design Engine July 17, 2017


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7 Comments


  1. JT

    What will be the last jobs to go completely artificial?


  2. Bart Brejcha

    In Engineering we use AI assist all the time. In Creo we call this type of Artificial Intelligence Assist or ‘Behavioral modeling’. We use it in conjunction w/ FEA to solve stresses over a bell curve. We also use this behavioral modeling in conjunction w/ 3d printing to generate 3d printed missile heads. In this way we can counter balance the vibration at speeds over mock 8.


  3. Raheel

    Not a threat to civilization but but AI and automation is threat to jobs done by humans


  4. chad

    No. It might remove emotion from a lot of decisions though.


  5. Alex

    I think most people’s definition of AI could be the real issue. Have you ever considered how your day can impacted when your device or someone else’s device does not do what you need or want it to do? AI isn’t just Skynet, it’s already deep in our culture and will continue to be.


  6. Jason

    After reading through the comments, I don’t think everyone understands the difference between self learning and self aware computers. The first will always be limited by its initial programing. A self driving car will learn how to drive better but never go beyond that. Self aware will grow past its initial programing and quickly surpass human intelligence. Then we can ask it to solve all our problems cure all disease, clean and free energy, space travel and so on. But I think the bugs in quantum computing will have to be worked out before there is a computer fast enough to facilitate self aware programs.


  7. jose

    he basic computer will still have a start before the quantum will kick in. For example a cleric might be the first one to program the self learning computer. He might program that there is a God. The computer may learn over time that the computer is a God. Or a scientist may be the original programmer. The computer will be programmed that all life is precious. As a result it may learn that humans kill cows, chickens and other animals to eat. The self learning computer may come to the conclusion to save cows, chickens and other animals … it must kill humans.



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