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Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has issued a new warning about the risk of researching artificial intelligence across the world reported News.com.au (Australia).
Musk, who stars in a new documentary titled ‘Do You Trust This Computer?’, has described a future that many of us can’t even imagine.
In doing so, he also painted a dire future for those who follow his work closely.
One this he was sure of was this. “Digital superintelligence will happen while he is still alive.
“We are rapidly headed toward digital superintelligence that far exceeds any human, I think it’s pretty obvious,” Musk said
“We have five years. I think digital superintelligence will happen in my lifetime, 100 per cent.”
He said that an immortal, robot-like dictator could rise from scientific research if strict regulations are not put in place.
He said this so-called dictator could have the power to rule mankind forever.
“If one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike superintelligence, they could take over the world,” Musk said in the film.
He continued: “At least when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die. But for an AI, there will be no death — it would live forever. And then you would have an immortal dictator from which we could never escape.”
The entrepreneurial billionaire went on to say that the dictator would not even have to be evil to pose a threat.
“If AI has a goal and humanity just happens to be in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it. No hard feelings,” Musk said.
“It’s just like, if we’re building a road, and an anthill happens to be in the way. We don’t hate ants, we’re just building a road. So, goodbye, anthill.”
Musk’s latest warning comes after he has previously criticised unregulated artificial intelligence research projects before.
In 2014, Musk called AI humanity’s “biggest existential threat,”.
In 2015, he joined other experts including the late Stephen Hawking, to urge the United Nations to ban killer robots.
Musk tweeted last year that “competition for AI superiority at a national level” would most likely be the cause of a World War III.
Musk’s role in the new documentary directed by Chris Paine, looks at the growing public health and safety concerns with artificial intelligence.
The film is available for internet users to watch this weekend online.
It comes after Musk also recently made his view of Facebook’s data privacy scandal clear, by taking the dramatic step of deleting the Facebook pages for Tesla Motors and SpaceX in March.
show source http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/elon-musks-chilling-artificiai-intelligence-warning/news-story/2c00245575f41829a2d5fba68e1c8a17