Billionaire Elon Musk’s Campaign to Stop an Eminent AI Doomsday

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 you’re still wondering “who is Elon Musk,” he’s that smart person in the introduction sentence! With an estimated net worth of $16.1 billion by July 2017 according to Forbes, Musk is the founder of SpaceX, CEO of several corporations, and an investor. A Vanity Fair article reported that the extremely wealthy engineer will pump billions into his efforts to avert an AI doomsday he reckons is realistic.

Off late, Musk has acknowledged the haste in which artificial intelligence is being embrace by Silicon Valley, and he nervous about it. He won’t sit pretty and just wish the issue away–he’s working hard to impact the rapidly accelerating scientific field and its proponents so that to protect the world, particularly people, from authoritarian computers with the capacity to learn via AI.

Musk sometimes seems to buy or start his own companies with two broad objectives: to keep pace with the latest AI developments and to develop pertinent counter measures. For example, Hassabis, a co-founder of DeepMind, one time paid Musk a visit at his SpaceX factory which manufacturers rockets. While the two gentlemen were having a conversation at the canteen, a huge rocket component traversed above them. Then, Musk cleared the air that his SpaceX ultimate goal was the most crucial plan for mankind ever: colonization of other planets.

Hassabis responded that, actually, he was the one developing the most important program on the planet: artificial super-intelligence. In countering that, Musk said AI was one of the reasons humans needed to colonize Mars–to ensure there’s an escape portal in case AI goes crazy and turns on humans. Hassabis may have found the reasoning interesting, suggesting that AI would just trail people to Mars.

Musk started sounding the alarm bells on the likelihood of AI machines going berserk and out of human control three years ago. 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.

Musk was already an investor in DeepMind by the time Google bought the AI company in 2014. 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.

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