Elon Musk Warns That AI Could Be A Threat To Human Civilization

Another month, another person warning us about artificial intelligence (AI). This time it’s everyone’s favorite human and definitely not a robot, Elon Musk. He was speaking at the US National Governs Association summer meeting in Providence Rhode Island on Saturday. “I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said. “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.” Now, it should be noted that Musk isn’t talking about the AI in your Alexa or Google Home per se. What he’s referencing is artificial general intelligence, which is the idea of a super-intelligent entity that may become a reality in the future. Some see this as the logical next step after our current, more primitive AI systems. Dozens of scientists signed an open letter in 2015 warning about AI. Stephen Hawking has also gone on record warning that AI could be the end of mankind. Check out Musk’s talk above As Musk notes, it is admittedly hard to take these threats seriously at the moment. The idea of an…

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