As many people within the United States are expressing concern about the tension with North Korea, Elon Musk warned in several disturbing tweets about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI).
“If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea,” Musk tweeted after his $1 billion startup, OpenAI, made a surprise appearance at a $24 million video game tournament Friday night, beating the world’s best players in the video game, “Dota 2.”
In another tweet, Musk advised: “Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that’s a danger to the public is regulated. AI should be too.”
The tweet additionally incorporated a photograph with the sentence, “At last the machines will win.”
This is not the first time that Musk has warned about AI. In October 2014, he called it humanity’s “biggest existential threat.” Something he has frequently repeated when making investments in AI startups and organizations, including OpenAI, to “keep an eye on what’s going on.”
“I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer,” Musk said. “A third, digital layer that could work well and symbiotically with the rest of your body. If we can create a high-bandwidth neural interface with your digital self, then you’re no longer a house cat.”
Musk guaranteed OpenAI’s bot was the first to beat the world’s best players in aggressive eSports; however, immediately cautioned that undeniably intense computerized reasoning like OpenAI’s bot which learned by playing a “thousand lifetimes” of matches against itself would in the long run be controlled for our own wellbeing.