According to SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, there will come a time when AI will replace every job.
“I think we are witnessing here the most destructive force in history,” Musk, owner of the social media platform X, told British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Sunak was speaking on television with Musk at the end of a two-day AI safety summit hosted by the British government at Bletchley Park.
“…For the first time we will have something smarter than the smartest human,” Musk said. “There will come a time when nothing needs to be done,” he said, adding that it was difficult to say when that point would be reached. People will be challenged to find meaning in their lives.
Musk said AI will “most likely” be a force for good, but there is still a chance things could go wrong.
“I think sometimes there can be too much optimism about technology, and I say that as a technology expert,” he said. At another point in their interview, Musk said that in the future there will not be a universal basic income, but rather a high global income, although he did not explain the mechanism for achieving this.
Musk also backed Sunak’s controversial decision to invite China to the AI Security Summit, saying that if Beijing was not on the invitation list it would be “useless.” He argues that China cares about the safety of AI (rather than uncontrolled development), and during his recent visit to China, he spoke with Beijing’s leadership about the topic. “We need people to treat us in the same way if we are to have a realistic chance of solving this problem,” Sunak said. China is a signatory – along with India, the US, the UK and 24 other countries – of the Bletchley Declaration, signed on Wednesday, which agreed with others that AI risks must be addressed collectively. It can be managed.
Musk backed calls for regulation of AI by saying that although it would be “annoying”, it would be good to have “governors“. He thanked Sunak for organizing the AI Security Summit and said it would go down in history as very important. Musk stressed the need for regulation, because in the case of “digital superintelligence” there will be issues related to public safety.
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