Elon Musk Continues to Warn of Impending Robot Apocalypse

By: Josh Wolford - August 5, 2014

While the rest of the country freaks out about some possible Ebola–Dustin Hoffman–Rene Russo scenario, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is keeping his eye on the ball.

Musk, who knows a thing or two about things, continues to warn us about the greatest threat to human existence – the rise of artificial superintelligence and the subsequent robot apocalypse. According to Musk, AI could wind up being more dangerous to the human race than nuclear weapons.

You tell ’em, Elon.

You may recall that Elon Musk has been warning of the possible sure dangers of artificial intelligence for some time. Back in June, we learned how the tech tycoon is particularly concerned about Skynet. It’s worth rehashing this conversation Musk had with two CNBC hosts concerning his investments in a new AI company:

MUSK: Right. I was also an investor in DeepMind before Google acquired it and Vicarious. Mostly I sort of – it’s not from the standpoint of actually trying to make any investment return. It’s really, I like to just keep an eye on what’s going on with artificial intelligence. I think there is potentially a dangerous outcome there and we need to –

EVANS: Dangerous? How so?

MUSK: Potentially, yes. I mean, there have been movies about this, you know, like ‘Terminator.’

EVANS: Well yes, but movies are – even if that is the case, what do you do about it? I mean, what dangers do you see that you can actually do something about?

MUSK: I don’t know.

BOORSTIN: Well why did you invest in Vicarious? What exactly does Vicarious do? What do you see it doing down the line?

MUSK: Well, I mean, Vicarious refers to it as recursive cortical networks. Essentially emulating the human brain. And so I think –

BORRSTIN: So you want to make sure that technology is used for good and not Terminator-like evil?

MUSK: Yeah. I mean, I don’t think – in the movie “Terminator,” they didn’t create A.I. to – they didn’t expect, you know some sort of Terminator-like outcome. It is sort of like the Monty Python thing: Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition. It’s just – you know, but you have to be careful. Yeah, you want to make sure that –

In other words, Elon Musk wants to keep an eye on things. Good lookin out.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that Elon Musk is a Terminator and is simply trying to gain our trust.

God creates AI, God destroys AI, God creates idiot humans, idiot humans destroy God, idiots humans create AI, robots brutally annihilate idiot humans, Musk inherits the Earth. I think it’s something like that.

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  • DTARS

    Musk inherits the earth??

    So he is no t going to be happy with being the lord of Mars?

    Let me Google that

    I recall a Google Guy on the Charlie Rose Show that was making the case that we are all better off if there are no secrets. Google now knows everywhere you go while your little cell is in your pocket. The other day I watched myself drive on Google maps while I watched myself park on the right side of Mcdonalds. 1984 is here. Big brother is watching and they have a bot to keep an eye on you. Who controls the bot that knows your every move??

    Beware!!! The beast is in your pocket!!!!