The Beginning of the End?
Not everyone believes AI will result in the greater good.
In fact, AI is a big concern to people like entrepreneur Elon Musk, who says AI could be the beginning of the end.
An article published months ago in Vanity Fair, chronicles Musk’s years of warnings about AI. In 2014, while speaking at M.I.T, Musk speculated that AI could be humanity’s “biggest existential threat,” and later said AI’s fleet of robots could be capable of destroying mankind.
Vanity Fair reporter Maureen Dowd writes: “At the World Government Summit in Dubai, in February, Musk again cued the scary organ music, evoking the plots of classic horror stories when he noted that ‘sometimes what will happen is a scientist will get so engrossed in their work that they don’t really realize the ramifications of what they’re doing.’ He said that the way to escape human obsolescence, in the end, may be by ‘having some sort of merger of biological intelligence and machine intelligence.’ This Vulcan mind-meld could involve something called a neural lace — an injectable mesh that would literally hardwire your brain to communicate directly with computers. ‘We’re already cyborgs,’ Musk told me in February. ‘Your phone and your computer are extensions of you, but the interface is through finger movements or speech, which are very slow.’ With a neural lace inside your skull you would flash data from your brain, wirelessly, to your digital devices or to virtually unlimited computing power in the cloud. ‘For a meaningful partial-brain interface, I think we’re roughly four or five years away.’”