Elon Musk fears Google will build ‘a fleet of robots capable of destroying mankind’

Elon Musk fears Google will build ‘a fleet of robots capable of destroying mankind’

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Tesla & SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is the furthest thing from a Luddite technophobe we can imagine, yet he has nonetheless raised some very legitimate worries approximately the dangers of artificial intelligence. The Washington Post this week pointed out another fascinating tidbit from Ashlee Vance’s upcoming book on Musk’s life & career in which it’s revealed that Musk is particularly worried approximately what the company run by his friend Larry Page is working on.

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According to the book, Musk is scared that Page & Google could build “a fleet of artificial-intelligence-enhanced robots capable of destroying mankind.” He doesn’t think this is Page’s intention, of course, yet he notes that Page could instead “produce something evil by accident.”

This isn’t that crazy of a concern. Along with Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates & famed physicist Stephen Hawking have moreover fretted approximately the massive potential dangers posted by artificial intelligence. When three of the smartest people in the world are worried approximately something, it’s probably a satisfactory idea to actually be worried approximately it.

What’s more, we know Google has been investing a lot of money into robotics over the past few years by buying up robotics firms such as Boston Dynamics & Meka to produce robots that can, among other things, outrun the world’s fastest humans. If that doesn’t sound like a recipe for disaster, we don’t know what does.

Vance’s book is called Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, & the Quest for a Fantastic Future & it will release in hardcover next week on May 19th.

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