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October 27, 2014

Elon Musk Likens Artificial Intelligence to a Demon

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CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Elon Musk is sounding the warning bell about artificial intelligence.

Musk compared AI to a demon during a recent interview at the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, describing it as a danger to the human race.

“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with artificial intelligence,” Musk said.

“I’m increasingly inclined to think that to there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the 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 like — Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out.”

Musk for months has been the voice of doom when it comes to AI and, it seems, his comments become more dire as time passes.

In June he likened AI to the Terminator movies during an interview with NBC.

Musk posted a tweet in August describing AI as being, potentially, “more dangerous than nukes.”

Musk says he invested in AI firm Deep Mind, which has since been snapped up by Google, just so he could keep tabs on what is going on.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

3 Responses to “Elon Musk Likens Artificial Intelligence to a Demon

    avatar cardiacku says:

    Thanks for sharing this artickel

    avatar Pabitra says:

    awesome…. thanks for this article

    avatar Tony Crisp says:

    Many people see AI as potentially a killing machine. But this is actually the view of many tribal humans/businessmen who have the killer instinct still active in them – kill out all competition and anything different if felt as a threat!!

    But presumably AI will be super intelligent and without the animal propensities humans have to kill each other. I live in hope.

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