Elon Musk voices concerns about possible destructive power of artificial intelligence

Elon Musk voices concerns about possible destructive power of artificial intelligence

During the course of an on-stage conversation at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, Elon Musk - the billionaire CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX - voiced his worries about the possible destructive power of artificial intelligence (AI).

Despite the fact that Musk is a techno-optimist when it comes to space exploration, solar power, and electric cars, he has often expressed concerns that human existence faces a serious potential threat from super-intelligent machines in the future.

Although most futurists are of the opinion that the increasing application of AI will be beneficial for humans, Musk has voiced his apprehensions about AI on a number of occasions. In June, Musk had told CNBC that AI could breed an uncontrollable threat to humans, similar to that depicted in the 1984 movie 'The Terminator.'

Musk said at the Summit on Wednesday that people fail to recognize the fact that AI is progressing at an alarming quick pace, and so is its potential destructive effect.

Elaborating further, Musk told Apsen Institute's CEO Walter Isaacson: "Particularly if the machine is involved in recursive self-improvement and its utility function is something that's detrimental to humanity, then it will have a very bad effect."

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