What do tech-wiz CEOs fear most? Well you might be surprised. Despite their sincere and close friendship, Tesla CEO Elon Musk fears Google co-founder Larry Page and his robot army that could annihilate mankind. Seriously!
Granted, Google has acquired a number of robotics companies over the years, but it is not the robots themselves that Elon Musk fears, as much as it is Artificial Intelligence. “I’m really worried about this,” Musk is quoted as saying in a new authorized biography titled “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” written by Ashlee Vance.
According to the biography, Musk thinks his buddy is “fundamentally a well-intentioned person and not Dr. Evil,” however he fears that Page/Google “could produce something evil by accident,” he adds. Musk is not alone in his concerns over “Artificial Intelligence” and is joined by other high-profile, tech savvy people, such as Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak who have all sounded the alarm on the dangers of AI in recent months.
Musk has also said that he believes that AI, artificial intelligence, could be “our biggest existential threat” to our future. Proponents of AI see the good in it, ala R2D2 and C3PO from Star Wars or Commander Data from Star Trek. However, Elon Musk and others envision something more along the lines of I, Robot or the SkyNet creation, the Terminator. Most experts agree that we are still nowhere near achieving something so grandiose, but accidents happen like the discovery of penicillin or perhaps some alien technology falls to earth that advances the research overnight. Have you seen Avengers: Age of Ultron yet? I’ll just leave it at that. Musk has spoken out in favor of increased governmental oversight of AI research on a national or possibly international scale. He has invested his own money into the research to promote safety in the development and to keep an eye on the research, so this is no laughing matter to him. Although the thought of an army of Intelligent Humanity Slaying GoogleBots does tend to make one chuckle, just a little bit.