Elon Musk Raises Concerns Over New AI Threat

Artificial Intelligence continues to dominate the airwaves. A fake image of a smoke plume at the Pentagon posted to Twitter fooled several news outlets that were quick to repost it and make the photo go viral.

AI robots have learned to play soccer or create paintings in the style of famous artists from history. AI will likely be the search engine of the future. 

Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, has long been making his thoughts on AI very public. He’s been warning that AI could constrain or eliminate humanity’s continued growth. 

He said, “Technology is a double-edged sword,” capable of both good and evil, especially in the wrong hands. 

Musk predicts that the federal government will first use AI in developing weapons technology. 

He doesn’t feel there’s a future fear of AI becoming self-aware like the robots in the Terminator movie. But he does visualize that AI could put “us under strict controls.” 

Musk estimates the world is three to six years away from AI having artificial generative intelligence. 

Musk has referred to artificial superintelligence as a “black hole. 

AGI can potentially affect a large portion of the economy, including writing, art, healthcare, gaming, finance, fashion, and marketing. 

Despite Musk’s dire warnings, he has invested in the AI industry. Tesla and SpaceX are currently using AI, and he’s creating a new startup X. AI. He feels other businesses must compete with the AI being developed by Google and Microsoft. 

A third horse in the AI race is needed, according to Musk, and he has signed a letter requesting a moratorium on the training of more advanced systems, such as those used by OpenAI’s GPT-4 for at least six months.

Musk also fears threats to state and federal election manipulations of voting machines or incorrect reporting by AI. 

Fakes on social media are increasingly frequent, and the ability to have public figures say whatever the creator wants them to say creates a huge credibility issue before a correction can be made.