Elon Musk has once again claimed that Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses a great threat to human existence. This is not the first time the billionaire has spoken against the threats that AI possess. Recently he also got into a verbal dual with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who unlike Musk has been pro AI.
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Musk wrote on Twitter: “China, Russia — soon all countries with strong computer science. “
“Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3.”
China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017
Musk spoke about his fears after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s told a group of students last week that the country that has the best efficiency in AI will rule the world
“AI is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,” Silicon Republic quoted Putin as saying.
May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AI’s, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017
Musk elaborated on what he actually meant by saying AI will cause the World War 3, saying that it’s not the countries with AI that will intentionally begin the war, but it could be “one of the AI’s, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory.”
According to The Sun, AI could be used to command fleets of drones or battalions of killer robots, while responding to threats at speeds much faster than any human could manage, however there’s a risk that a super-smart AI could go rogue and launch genocidal attacks without being constrained by human conscience and empathy.
There are efforts underway to ensure that AI remains safe and benefits humanity. A partnership collaboration on AI involving Microsoft, Amazon, Google, DeepMind and others — is working together to try and determine things like whether it’s possible to programme an AI with a set of ethics (and what those ethics should be) and how to prevent AI from being exploited by terrorists and other groups.
Though even the smartest self-thinking machines today are still unable to perform more than one task and they still have limited use, several AI experts believe that machines will eventually learn how to excel at a number of tasks outsmarting humans and becoming super intelligent in the process. Although this process could vary from around 30-50 years.
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