Elon Musk suggests that one of the main reasons why we need to colonize Mars is because of artificial intelligence. If the AI becomes rebellious, then we’d need a safe haven to continue humanity.
Musk is spending more than $1 billion to prevent what he considers to be a possible apocalyptic scenario.
“I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level,” he said at MIT’s AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, “just to make sure that we don’t do something foolish. With artificial intelligence, we’re summoning the demon.”
He is not the only brilliant mind that assumes the worst of artificial intelligence. Here is a summary of what others have said regarding AI over the years.
James Barrat: “I don’t really want to scare you, but it was alarming how many people I talked to who are highly placed people in AI who have retreats that are sort of ‘bug out’ houses, to which they could flee if it all hits the fan.”
Bill Gates: “I don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”
Stephen Hawking: “Artificial intelligence could be the worst event in the history of our civilization.”
Clive Sinclair: “Once you start to make machines that are rivaling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it’s going to be very difficult for us to survive. It’s just an inevitability.
Why Do So Many Believe AI Is Such a Danger?
There are good guys who would use AI to benefit humankind. Then there are bad guys who would do the opposite.
Depending on the individual designing the AI, there are three key areas of societal concern that the most brilliant minds of today have identified: digital, physical, and political.
AI could create automated phishing emails, websites, and other forms of communication to steal a person’s identity. It could be used to find vulnerabilities in software and hardware with greater speed. Artificial intelligence could even be programmed to fool computer systems for the personal gain of the designer.
AI would also be able to automate terrorism, turning drones and self-driving vehicles into weapons. This could be supplemented by fake videos, fake images, and automatic removal of dissenting comments or opinions.
There is also the danger that AI could automate many of the physical jobs that are present in today’s economy, putting people out of work.
There are platforms in development which help people be able to take advantage of automation in what they do, even if they don’t know any coding. Such a platform gives each of us a chance to continue investing into ourselves, even as the world changes.
Time is short. AI could be here in as little as 5 years. That means we must work together now to eliminate the apocalyptic threat that Elon Musk and many other brilliant minds are predicting.
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