Looks like the world of the Terminator was closer than we anticipated. And for the millions of people who have seen those movies one would think some lessons were learned or that the foreshadowing wasn't completely lost!
Elon Musk, founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, is throwing some serious red flags, maybe we should listen!
Musk believes it’s highly probable that artificial intelligence (AI) will be a valid threat to humans.
The Tesla founder is concerned that a handful of major companies could gather majority control of AI systems with “extreme” levels of power.
In Mr Musk’s opinion, there’s a very slight chance that humanity will be safe and that though AI will be extraordinary he carries legitimate fear.
He has said that he invested in companies such as DeepMind in order to keep an eye on Google’s development of AI.
Mr Musk has also called for the companies working on AI to slow down to ensure they don't create something unstable.
In an interview with Rolling Stone he stated :
“Between Facebook, Google and Amazon – and arguably Apple, but they seem to care about privacy – they have more information about you than you can remember. There's a lot of risk in concentration of power. So if AGI [artificial general intelligence] represents an extreme level of power, should that be controlled by a few people at Google with no oversight?”
Though he didn't detail what sort of threat it could pose, he has said previously that AI cold pose "a fundamental risk" to civilization.
It doesn't seem corporations are listening as all they can see are the dollar signs.
Twitter has definitely been paying attention.
People never seriously ask "Just because I can do something, should I?"— Paul Beiss (@MrBeiss) November 25, 2017
They just charge ahead without any concern for secondary or tertiary consequences.
Interesting indeed. I will be long gone before they require a John Connor, but future generations might want to take heed.— Honorary American (@honoraryamerica) November 25, 2017
Musk went on to tell Rolling Stone he justified in being alarmed and that "development needs to be regulated, proactively. I have exposure to the most cutting-edge AI and I think people should be really concerned about it. I keep sounding the alarm bell but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal."
Time will tell when and if we'll have to be hoping for a John Connor.