Bill Gates doesn’t understand why people aren’t more concerned about artificial intelligence. Last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk voiced his own concerns about artificial intelligence, and what risk super-smart computers would actually pose. While answering questions during his Reddit AMA session, the co-founder and technology advisor of Microsoft voiced his concerns regarding super-intelligent machines – agreeing completely in principle with Musk.
He said, “I am in the camp hat is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern.” Gates is not alone though, as many are now joining him with that same cautious optimism around artificial intelligence. He has maintained through several different interviews now though that he isn’t trying to “stop things or slow things down.”
Gates, like many other great minds in the tech space simply want more awareness on the subject. He and others have suggested the fact that it would be bad enough to see a scenario where jobs that give humans a feeling of “purpose and worth,” are ultimately done by machines – as Gates said in another interview. A grave scenario would involve the machines getting too smart and ultimately “conflicting with the goals of human systems,” Gates pointed out.
We’re a long way from seeing a scenario play out similar to the Matrix, or some other plots from famous science fiction movies involving technology and destroying humanity – but as that technology improves and artificial intelligence continues to grow – the threat is becoming a little more realistic. Right now though, no one should be worried about their smartphone or tablet doing harm to them while they’re sleeping – but these individuals who are voicing concern – are simply looking at things through the lens at which they wear.
Respectively, the Bill Gates’ and Elon Musk’s of the world are innovators in the tech world. They have been now between the two of them for multiple decades. That puts them in a position to be more effectively versed in at least reminding us when we should occasionally question the technology that is being developed. There are supercomputers diagnosing medical conditions, outthinking humans on game shows, and even beating anyone at poker – and most people unanimously believe that we have only scratched the surface when it comes to technology and computers. That would make this an absolutely justifiable issue to at least be thinking about as we head decades into the future.