While Elon Musk is interested in improving currently technology for the future, such as creating more powerful and efficient electric vehicles, it seems that he isn’t that big a fan when it comes to artificial intelligence. Earlier this year Musk was quoted as saying that he would like to avoid a future where we might see a Terminator-like outcome, you know, where robots enslave humanity.
That being said, it seems that his feelings regarding artificial intelligence was surfaced again during an interview he gave at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium. According to Musk, “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that.”
Musk also went on to compare artificial intelligence to the summoning of demons. “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out.”
This comes at a time when companies are starting to look more towards artificial intelligence for the future. In fact it was just recently that Google announced that they would be stepping up their artificial intelligence efforts by teaming up with Oxford University in the UK and hiring more deep learning experts. but what do you guys think? Should we be worried about artificial intelligence?