Speaking at the AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, held at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Musk made his comment when asked by a student about his opinion about artificial intelligence. Musk recommended that a regulatory a) oversight body be created to ensure that artificial intelligence doesn’t become the agent that brings about the end of the human race, as we know it. Musk stated that his investments were more of an attempt to keep an eye on the negative potential of artificial intelligence as opposed to a desire to generate a substantial return.
“You know the stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t 1) work out”. Musk’s metaphorical statement of the conjurer being overpowered by the demons he summons illustrates his cautious approach to the potentials of machine intelligence. Given that much of society’s current infrastructure, ranging from a city’s water supply to a nation’s electricity grids, is controlled electronically (and often with insufficient safeguards), Musk’s fears have a strong logical basis and should be carefully considered.
Earlier in the year in an interview with CNBC, Musk talked about his b) paranoia of a future where robots are out of the control of man. “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition”, said Musk warningly, cautioning that people are unprepared for the unexpected. There is, however, a 2) subtle irony to his statements as Musk is known for his many ventures in which he pushes the boundaries of science and technology, often for the good of the human race.
Often compared to Tony Stark from Marvel’s Iron Man. Perhaps because of his achievements, he has a better understanding of the c) perils of science than most. His most recent statements about technology and more specifically artificial intelligence recall the words of another famous physicists, Stephen. Hawkings, “Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last.”
常被比喻為驚奇漫畫裡的鋼鐵人東尼· 斯塔克。也許因為他的成就，對於科學所帶來的危險有更深刻的認知。他最近關於科技和人工智慧的聲明，讓人回想到另外一位著名的物理學家斯蒂芬. 霍金的話 "成功創造 AI 人工智慧將成為人類歷史上最大的事件。不幸的是，它也可能會是最後一次。
It appears that those who understand science and technology best are also the most cautious about the role that it plays in the future of the human race.