Elon Musk says the world faces a “dangerous situation” with artificial intelligence

Elon Musk

If you have no job: “Do you have meaning? Are you useless?”

These are the words billionaire Elon Musk recently asked an audience of 4000 people at the World Government Summit in Dubai, according to The Sun

In a live interview with Mohammad Abdulla Alergawi, the United Arab Emirates’ minister of cabinet affairs and the future, Musk was questioned on the rapid advancement of new and smarter technology.

“One of the most troubling questions is artificial intelligence [AI],” said Musk.

“I don’t mean narrow AI—deep artificial intelligence, where you can have AI which is much smarter than the smartest human on earth.

“This is a dangerous situation.”

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Musk said people on the forefront of these types of advancements should be kept in check.

“Make sure researchers don’t get carried away—scientists get so engrossed in their work they don’t realise what they are doing,” he said.

And as more and more jobs fall at risk of disruption, Musk said governments will need to take unprecedented steps to protect citizens.

“We will need to have some kind of universal basic income—I don’t think there will be a choice,” he said.

“There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better.

“These are things that I wish would happen, these are things probably will happen.”

This article was first published by StartupSmart.

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5 years ago

If anyone could use some artificial intelligence, since brain transplants are as yet unavailable, it would have to be this clown. Strictly a con man of the worst type. The point which they are all missing with AI is that just because something can be automated, there is no mandatory requirement that it should be – the tasks can be delegated or not. If humans wish to continue undertaking the workload, there is no reason why they should not.

5 years ago

What would be the point of purpose of a fully AI based economy. If humans have no purpose or income then they can’t participate in the economy as consumers. With a diminishing consumer base, there is no incentive to manufacture and produce goods and services. So all of the AI based jobs and work will have no reason to exist ??? My brain hurts……!

Dr. Zdenek Moravcik
5 years ago

So what can be done about it?
Do you have a solution Elon?
I very much doubt it. You have no solution like politicians have no solution.
Only solution would be to listen to me what I am saying, what I am recommending. Anybody does that? No.
Have you already called by Elon?

5 years ago

I fully agree there are risks associated with the general AI. Everybody should keep an eye of it, because the developments are very rapid and potentially could be used not only for good purposes. There is no way around it than providing the UBI (Universal Basic Income) to people whose jobs will be replaced by robots. Companies who replace these jobs with robots, could also pay a robot tax (which I do not think they would very much resist to do). UBI and very responsible management of the general AI..otherwise we are doomed. period.

Nathan Dunning
Nathan Dunning
5 years ago

Back to Hell You Go! Elon is not your friend he is a tool for the Anti-Christ.Globalisation,and a basic income?? Get the F out and stay out of Australia with your Demonic push to enslave mankind.

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