Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

BIL­LION­AIRE en­tre­pre­neur Elon Musk has warned that work on cre­at­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is like “sum­mon­ing the devil”.

The Tesla elec­tric cars, Space X rocket man­u­fac­turer and PayPal founder – said to be the rein­car­na­tion of Iron Man hero Tony Stark – be­lieves we could end up with a Ter­mi­na­tor- style sce­nario with life­like robots tak­ing over.

He has pre­vi­ously warned that AI tech­nol­ogy could some­day be more harm­ful than nu­clear weapons.

Speak­ing at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT) AeroAstro Cen­ten­nial Sym­po­sium last week, Musk de­scribed AI as our “big­gest ex­is­ten­tial threat”.

He said: “I think we should be very care­ful about ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

“If I had to guess at hat our big­gest ex­is­ten­tial threat is, it’s prob­a­bly that.

“I’m in­creas­ingly in­clined to think that there should be some reg­u­la­tory over­sight, maybe at na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level, just to make sure that we don’t do some­thing very fool­ish.

“With ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence we’re sum­mon­ing the de­mon. You know those sto­ries where there’s the guy with the pen­ta­gram, and the holy wa­ter, and he’s sure he can con­trol the de­mon? Doesn’t work out.”


Musk, who moved to Amer­ica from South Africa aged 17, has claimed that a hor­rific Ter­mi­na­tor- like sce­nario could be cre­ated from re­search into ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

The 42-year-old is so wor­ried, he is in­vest­ing in AI com­pa­nies – NOT to make money but to keep an eye on the tech­nol­ogy, in case it gets out of hand.

Musk said: “There have been movies about this – you know, like Ter­mi­na­tor.

“There are some scary “An as­ter­oid or a su­per­vol­cano could cer­tainly de­stroy us, but we also face risks the di­nosaurs never saw: An en­gi­neered virus, nu­clear war, in­ad­ver­tent cre­ation of a mi­cro black hole, or some as-yet-un­known tech­nol­ogy could spell the end of us.” “There are some im­por­tant dif­fer­ences be­tween me and Tony Stark, like I have five kids, so I spend more time go­ing to Dis­ney­land than par­ties.” out­comes. And we should try to make sure the out­comes are good – not bad.”

In Au­gust, Musk warned that AI could do more harm than nu­clear weapons.

Rec­om­mend­ing a book by Nick Bostrom on Twit­ter, called Su­per­in­tel­li­gence: Paths, Dan­gers, Strate­gies – that looks at a ro­bot up­ris­ing – he posted: “We need to be su­per care­ful with AI. Po­ten­tially more dan­ger­ous than nukes.”

And in another tweet, Musk wrote: “Hope we’re not just the biological boot loader for dig­i­tal su­per-in­tel­li­gence.

“Un­for­tu­nately, that in­creas­ingly prob­a­ble.”

Musk taught him­self com­puter pro­gram­ming and at the age 12 sold the com­puter code for a video game called Blas­tar for £350.

His big­gest suc­cess came in Oc­to­ber 2002 when he sold PayPal to eBay for $1.5 bil­lion (£1bn).

Last year he un­veiled a pro­posal for a new form of trans­porta­tion be­tween the Greater Los An­ge­les area and the San Francisco Bay Area which is called “hyper­loop,” and which is a hy­po­thet­i­cal sub­sonic so­lar-pow­ered air travel ma­chine that he claims could be built for around £4.5bn.


“Sooner or later we must ex­pand life beyond our lit­tle blue mud-ball – or go ex­tinct.” “If hu­man­ity doesn’t land on Mars in my lifetime, I would be very dis­ap­pointed.” of ac­tive safety and ob­vi­ously some­thing we should do.”

“No­body wants to buy a $60,000 elec­tric Civic. But peo­ple will pay $90,000 for an elec­tric sports car.”


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