Musk voices fears about the rise of the smart machines
WASHINGTON Among his many warnings about the rise of artificial intelligence, Elon Musk has said that autonomous machines are more dangerous to the world than North Korea and could unleash ‘‘weapons of terror’’. He has compared the adoption of AI to ‘‘summoning the devil’’.
Now the billionaire inventor and Tesla chief executive – who believes artificial intelligence could help trigger the next world war – has issued another severe warning about how superintelligent machines could come to dominate the world.
Such super-computers could become ‘‘ an immortal dictator from which we would never escape’’, Musk passionately warns in the new documentary Do You Trust This Computer?.
In the documentary, directed by Chris Paine (the man behind 2006’s Who Killed The Electric Car?), Musk joins a growing chorus of experts warning that intelligent machines are already fundamentally changing our society by amassing personal data, advancing science and medicine, and beginning to create new forms of superintelligence.
‘‘We are rapidly headed towards digital super-intelligence that far exceeds any human,’’ he says in the film, which premiered this week in Los Angeles. ‘‘I think it’s very obvious.’’
The film features technology experts such as Google Brain founder Andrew Ng, Affectiva chief executive Rana el Kaliouby, Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, OpenAI director Shivon Zilis, and Westworld cocreator Jonathan Nolan.
Artificial intelligence already helps us live longer and enhance efficiency in numerous industries, but these experts argue that humans are already losing their grip on the technology, giving it power and abilities that humanity may never be able to reclaim. ‘‘The pattern here is that AI might take a little while to wrap its tentacles around a new skill, but when it does, it is unstoppable,’’ the film’s trailer warns.
According to a report by Mashable, Musk is so intent on spreading his warnings about AI to the public that he has paid for Do You Trust This Computer? to be streamed free on YouTube over the weekend. Washington Post