Nuclear weapons are without a doubt dangerous, and if just a few were used, large portions of the world would essentially be destroyed. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says artificial intelligence (AI) may be even more dangerous, and advanced robots could pose more problems than nukes.
Speaking on Twitter over the weekend, Musk voiced his concern regarding the potential danger associated with building AI. “We need to be super careful with A.I.,” he tweeted. “Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”
Dozens of futurists have begun warning about the “singularity,” and some, like Ray Kurzweil, should probably be listened to. Kurzweil has made comments similar to Musk’s, and unlike a crazy individual yelling on the side of a road, Kurzweil is a well-regarded individual who is in charge of some of Google’s forward-thinking operations.
The danger eluded to by Musk is quite likely legitimate, but it is also many years off. There are people who argue the singularity, the point at which AI surpasses human intelligence, is not possible. However, if those naysayers end up being wrong, AI is something that people need to keep a close eye on so that it doesn’t become more dangerous than nukes.