As technology becomes more advanced, some people are worried that nightmare scenarios described in science fiction films could become a reality, according to DigitalTrends.
The scientist Stephen Hawking discussed the potential hazards of artificial intelligence, and Elon Musk apparently agrees.
Tesla Motors and SpaceX chief released a message saying that humanity should be careful in the development of robots that can think for themselves.
“It pays to read ‘Superintelligence’ by Bostrom” noted Musk. “We have to be careful with Artificial Intelligence. It has the potential to be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. “
The book that Musk is referring to is “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom. In the book, Bostrom argues that intelligent machines could eventually exceed human intelligence and become the dominant force on Earth.
In a later message, Musk admitted that he hopes “we are not just the biological charger of the startup program used by digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, it seems increasingly likely “.
It was not the first case in which Musk has expressed concern about artificial intelligence, something that is contrary to the utopian vision of technology that is presented by other prominent figures in Silicon Valley.
He told CNBC that it is possible a scenario similar to the movie “Terminator – Judgment Day”, may become reality and that he has invested in companies that develop Artificial Intelligence in order to oversee them.
The fact that the person who sells electric cars daily and promotes large-scale space tourism does not like robots, is not too surprising. These different technologies are not necessarily linked together.
It’s easy to assume that electric cars, smarthphones and holograms will inevitably lead to other technologies such as artificial intelligence, but this is not necessarily required.
People must take the conscious decision to develop (or not) different technologies. Musk chose to exclude one of them, and perhaps he is right to do so.
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