Elon Musk: A Billionaire in Fear of an AI Apocalypse
If an intelligent man, who’s also a billionaire innovator, asserts that machines that humans created themselves may and will at some point run amok once they become sufficiently intelligent and destroy the entire world as it exists today, everyone has to take note, including scientists. If it’s still not clear to you “who is Elon Musk,” he’s the abovementioned genius inventor! Musk, whose approximate net worth as of July 207 as Forbes indicates is $16.1 billion, founded SpaceX, and he’s CEO of numerous companies and a business person. According to a Vanity Fair article, the billionaire is injecting billions of dollars into his crusade against an AI catastrophe he believes will happen.
Off late, Musk has acknowledged the haste in which artificial intelligence is being embrace by Silicon Valley, and he nervous about it. He’s not sitting back and doing nothing about it; rather, he’s attempting to exert influence in the quickly advancing field of science and its supporters with a view to saving the world, especially humanity, from machine overlords with the ability to learn through AI.
It appears that a couple of Musk’s company purchases and his own creations have two main targets: to stay up-to-date with recent AI advancements and to develop appropriate remedies. A case in point is a while ago when Hassabis, who helped establish DeepMind, went to Musk’s SpaceX plant which makes rockets. While the two gentlemen were having a conversation at the canteen, a huge rocket component traversed above them. Thereafter, Musk clarified that his primary objective at SpaceX was the most critical project ever on earth: interplanetary colonization.
In response, Hassabis asserted that, factually, he was behind the most critical project to mankind: creating artificial super-intelligence. Musk’s counter-response was that AI was a major factor behind the necessity for humans to migrate to Mars, guaranteeing the availability of a bolt-hole should AI run amok and start attacking humanity. Maybe Hassabis though it was funny before commenting that AI machines would simply pursue humans to Mars.
Musk began raising the red flag over the potential for AI robots going errant beyond the ability of humans to fix three years back. Likely, he still remained very afraid when DeepMind partner Shane Legg unequivocally mentioned that he feared people would probably become extinct, with science sharing part of the fault for it.
Must had already been a DeepMind shareholder prior to the AI firm’s takeover by Google in 2014. As he told a writer of a Vanity Fair article, Musk had gotten involved in DeepMind with the sole objective keeping a cautious eye on the trend that AI takes, rather than return on investment. That was Elon Musk’s other way to influence AI developments.