Elon Musk is the real-life version of Tony Stark from the "Iron Man" movies. He's a billionaire inventor obsessed with bringing science fiction technology into reality. Already he's responsible for the award-winning all-electric Tesla automobiles and the one of the first profitable, private space travel enterprises, SpaceX. He's also come up with a legitimate way to travel by train from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes. This guy is unreal.
Not only is Elon Musk creating our future one wild gadget at a time, he can predict it too. This summer on "The Colbert Report," he envisioned some radical new inventions changing our world for the better, including electric flying machines that take off and land vertically.
Basically, when Elon Musk speaks, many people close pay attention. If our generation has anybody that comes close to Thomas Edison, it would have to be Elon Musk. That's why a new interview he did is turning heads all over the Internet. At the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, he called artificial intelligence our "biggest existential threat."
And that's not all.
First of all, artificial intelligence exists in almost every modern computer program. A.I. is what tells the bad guys in video games what to do. It's how Google knows what sites to show you and how Microsoft Word can automatically fix misspelled words. What Musk is worried about are extremely advanced versions of A.I. that control our infrastructure. If you've seen the Terminator movies, that's exactly what has him scared. Here's what he had to say:
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. I’m increasingly inclined to think that 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.
So what do you think? Does artificial intelligence in our technology threaten our future? Or would regulating it hamper innovation and potential new amazing discoveries? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.