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Tesla Co-Founder Makes Surprising A. I. Comment


Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, is considered something of a visionary by many technologists. Few have failed to notice the recent rise of Tesla Motors – an auto company that has jumped into the public eye with its green technologies and commercial success. SpaceX, another of Musk’s projects, is another technological wonder, a forward-thinking company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft.

So it came as a surprise to many when the entrepreneur Tweeted an ominous comment about the future of artificial intelligence…

The referenced book – Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies – discusses the possibility of artificial intelligence becoming self-aware and turning against humankind. Its author, Dr. Nick Bostrom, has a PhD from the London School of Economics and currently serves as the Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary organization at Oxford University that brings together mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers to address global trends and challenges facing our future.

Although apocryphal warnings are typically not well-received, Mr. Musk does have an impressive track record vis-à-vis technology trends and the future, and a professor of the caliber of Dr. Bostrom undoubtedly deserves a fair read. However skeptical you may be, the possible future described by Dr. Bostrom certainly is food for thought.

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