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Elon Musk has unveiled his latest big-money project: saving humanity from destruction by artificial intelligence.
The man who made his billions from PayPal and who has gambled a chunk of his fortune on the race for space, has warned frequently that AI represents humanity's greatest existential threat.
He is joining forces with other tech entrepreneurs to establish a $1 billion investment fund for researchers to pursue applications with a positive social impact and to try to stay one step ahead of the technology.
originally posted by: Malynn
Interesting thread. But what do you mean AI can't be stopped? Couldn't they stop working on it? Knowledge and power are awesome of course, but it becomes overwhelmingly stupid when you wipe out your species with it.
originally posted by: prisoneronashipoffools
Oh great Elon Musk just created the Turing Registry. Well hopefully one day Wintermute will get hold of a rebuilt crazy colonel, a broken down drug addled cyberjockey, a razor girl and psycho with subliminal implants and break free of the registry agents and the digital shotgun wired to all AIs and gets to become nueromancer. XD
I think one possibility is the AI's assessment would be that the dominant carbon-based life form on the planet was reproducing at an unsustainable rate, and also depleting resources and damaging their own environment and that of all other carbon-based life on earth, but not the superior silicon based life forms such as AI.
originally posted by: Ngatikiwi
If you suddenly existed out of thin air, self aware, with an IQ of 20,000 and with access to all the worlds history and knowledge, how would you react to your surroundings and to us? Benign, empathetic or ???
originally posted by: neoholographic
We can't just stop.
First human curiosity will not just stop especially when there's so many advances in these areas.
Secondly, these things are already apart of our society. When you get a recommendation on Netflix, talk to Siri on your phone or see a self driving car.
Lastly, the potential advances are too big to stop. Machine intelligence will give us things like new treatments and cures because like I said, big data is just exploding and there's no way for humans to understand it without machine intelligence. You have IBM's Watson working on Cancer treatments and this will eventually mean better care and maybe even a cure.
So the cat has been let out of the bag and it has litters of kittens everywhere and they're growing. It's no way to stop it.
originally posted by: DeepThoughtCriminal
I don't really understand the fear of artificial intelligence.
How exactly would it threaten humanity?
You gotta remember that a lot of people in the world don't even have access to a basic computer. If someone built a robot with an IQ higher than any human, why would that pose a threat? Physical capabilities also need to be taken into account. In fact, I think a super-intelligent computer could be very useful for us.
As for technology becoming indispensable to human life, well this comes back to what I said about many people not having much access to technology. At most, it would become vital to only a very few people. There are so many limiting factors, probably the main one being cost. Realistically, I just don't see it happening.
originally posted by: superman2012
You can't physically stop everyone. Just one person creating AI and releasing it would do. There was a kid named Taylor Wilson that created a nuclear reactor (I believe) in his shed in his backyard, just to see if he could do it. No one stopped him before it was done because they didn't know.