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. In case you don’t yet know “who is Elon Musk,” he’s the intelligent man we’re talking about! 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. Instead of relaxing, he’s seems to work on a solution, and he’s trying to exercise control over the fast-growing spectrum of science and its backers because he hopes to prevent dictatorial machines capable of AI learning from destroying the world and the people in it.
Some of musk’s stocks acquisitions as well as own inventions seem to be geared toward two major goals: closely tracking any AI developments and creating an appropriate counter solution. A case in point is a while ago when Hassabis, who helped establish DeepMind, went to Musk’s SpaceX plant which makes rockets. As the two entrepreneurs were at the canteen enjoying a chat, an enormous rocket part crossed overhead. 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. For Musk, the counter-argument was that AI constituted a substantial explanation why migration to Mars should be possible, providing an escape route when robots go errant and start destroying 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. Probably, it didn’t help with his nervousness when DeepMind associate Shane Legg flatly pointed out that he believed humanity would likely become extinct, and technology would probably be partly to blame for it.
Before Google acquired the AI firm DeepMind in 2014, Musk had already acquired stocks there. According to reports in a Vanity Fair article, Musk had invested in DeepMind with the primary goal of vigilantly tracking the AI arc, instead of profitability objectives. That was Elon Musk’s other way to influence AI developments.