Elon Musk vindt kunstmatige intelligentie enge ontwikkeling

Terminator - Artificial Intelligence
De tamelijk jonge miljardair Elon Musk (42) kennen we vooral van autofabrikant Tesla en ruimtevaartorganisatie SpaceX. De intelligente ondernemer wordt weleens de real-life Tony Stark (Iron Man) genoemd.

Hij zit bovenop de nieuwste technologische ontwikkelingen, maar tegelijkertijd vindt hij kunstmatige intelligentie een spannende en misschien zelfs wel een enge ontwikkeling. Dat blijkt uit een interview van CNBC met Musk.

In gesprek met Kelly Evans en Julia Boorstin maakt Musk duidelijk dat hij zich zorgen maakt dat kunstmatige intelligentie op enig moment een serieuze bedreiging vormt voor de mensheid.

Denk daarbij aan Terminator-achtige killer robots. Om die reden heeft hij ook geïnvesteerd in het bedrijf Vicarious Artificial Intelligence. Niet in de eerste plaats omdat hij verwacht hier flink aan te zullen verdienen, maar meer om een oogje in het zeil te houden.

Onderstaand een fragment uit het interview:

JULIA BOORSTIN: Now, I have to ask you about a company that you invested in. As you said, you make almost no investments outside of SpaceX and Tesla.

ELON MUSK: Yeah I’m not really an investor.

JB: You’re not an investor?

EM: Right. I don’t own any public securities apart from SolarCity and Tesla.

JB: That’s amazing. But you did just invest in a company called Vicarious Artificial Intelligence. What is this 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 –

KE: Dangerous? How so?

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

KE: 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.

JB: 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 –

JB:
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 –

KE: But here is the irony. I mean, the man who is responsible for some of the most advanced technology in this country is worried about the advances in technology that you aren’t aware of.

MUSK: Yeah.

KE: I mean, I guess that is why I keep asking, So what can you do? In other words, this stuff is almost inexorable, isn’t it? How if you see that there are these brain-like developments out there can you really do anything to stop it?

MUSK: I don’t know.

JB: But what should A.I. Be used for? What’s its best value?

MUSK: I don’t know. But there are some scary outcomes. And we should try to make sure the outcomes are good, not bad. Yeah.

KE: Or escape to mars if there is no other option.

MUSK: The A.I. will chase us there pretty quickly.

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