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Elon Musk calls Artificial Intelligence “Biggest Existential Threat” to Humankind


Elon Musk, an individual who has not only been vocal in the artificial intelligence world, but also through investing, pointed out a stark reality that faced humanity. Specifically, he called artificial intelligence, or AI as it’s regularly called in short, the biggest threat to the survival of the human race as a whole.

That’s right, forget about viruses, war, or nuclear weapons – according to Musk, the biggest threat we face is the one we’re developing, and putting inside every piece of technology we own – in order to make life simpler, or easier.

“I think we should be very care about artificial intelligence,” Musk started. He went on by pointing out that, “If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful.” Ironically enough, it doesn’t even seem like Musk’s fear is based on any science fiction movies, either.

He even went as far as to say that investments in companies that are doing research in artificial intelligence, or developing various forms of artificial intelligence, are really just personal safeguards. Many compare technology entrepreneurs as the driving force behind new, and forward-thinking technologies that other companies wouldn’t invest in because of the lack of tangible turn out. After all, that’s why the investments are needed in the first place.


However, he doesn’t just invest to keep an eye on things himself. He also believes that there should be some regulation on the subject, as well. In fact, Musk even went as far as to compare the furthering of artificial intelligence to ‘summoning the demon’. “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon,” Musk said. “In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like – yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon. Doesn’t work out,” He added.

Musk is one of the three high-profile investors in Vicarious, a company working to create a computer that can think like a person. The computer even goes as far as to replicating the part of the brain that controls things like vision, body movement and language. Musk says though that more energy and focus should be put on colonizing Mars, instead of creating a computer that can think like us.

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