Elon Musk warned in a new interview that artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to the “destruction of civilization”even as he remains deeply involved in the growth of AI through his many ventures, including a rumored new company.
In accordance with CNNIn Musk’s contact with Tucker Carlson, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla and Twitter explained: “AI is more dangerous than, say, poorly managed aircraft design or production maintenance or substandard automobile production, in the sense that it is, It has the potential, however small that probability may be considered, but it’s not trivial, it has the potential to destroy civilization.”.
Musk has repeatedly and recently warned about the dangers of AI, amid a proliferation of AI products for general consumer use, including from tech giants like Google and Microsoft.
Last month, the South African tycoon also joined a group of other tech leaders in signing an open letter calling for a six-month pause in the “out-of-control” race for AI development.
Musk supports regulation, but “it’s no fun being regulated”
Elon Musk said he supports government regulation of AI, although “it’s not fun to be regulated.” Once AI “can be in control,” it might be too late to set regulations, he added.
“A regulatory agency should start with a group that initially seeks information on AI, then solicits input from the industry, and then proposes rulemaking.Musk recalled.
In fact, the world’s richest man has been sounding the alarm about AI for years, something he acknowledged in a Tweet over the weekend, but he’s also been part of the broader AI arms race through investments in his growing empire of companies.
I saw it happening from well before GPT-1, which is why I tried to warn the public for years.
The only one on one meeting I ever had with Obama as President I used not to promote Tesla or SpaceX, but to encourage AI regulation.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2023
Tesla, for example, so reliant on artificial intelligence that he hosts an annual AI day to promote his work. Musk was a founding member of OpenAI, the company behind products like ChatGPT, while on Twitter plans to “use AI to detect and highlight the manipulation of public opinion on this platform”.
In the months ahead, we will use AI to detect & highlight manipulation of public opinion on this platform.
Let’s see what the psy ops cat drags in…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 18, 2023
Elon Musk said he put “a lot of effort” into creating OpenAI to serve as a counterbalance to Google, but that it “ditracted attention.” Now, wants to create a rival to AI offerings from tech giants Microsoft and Google.
In his interview with Carlson, Musk said “we are going to start something that I call TruthGPT”. Musk described it as a “ultimate truth-seeking AI” that “cares about understanding the universe” and expects “there is more good than bad.”