Elon Musk ‘worried’ about ‘dangerous’ AI as he says he may have ‘accelerated it’
Twitter CEO Elon Musk told a crowd gathered at Tesla's Investor Day that artificial itelligence generally "stresses me out" and he fears that he may have contributed to the "acceleration" of the "dangerous" technology.
Musk has long been a sceptic of the development of artificial intelligence, despite being a founding member of OpenAI and creator of ChatGPT.
Even still, Musk revealed his anxiety about artificial intelligence to the crowd, saying: "I am a little worried about the AI stuff."
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He said that the tech should be overseen by a regulatory body to ensure it's 'operating in the public interest.'
"It's quite dangerous technology. I fear I may have done some things to accelerate it," he said. "Some of the AI stuff is obviously useful, like what [Tesla] is doing with self driving.
He was asked whether AI could be used to build cars and shut the question down.
"I don't see AI helping us make cars any time soon," he said. "At that point… there's no point in any of us working."
Just last week, Musk tweeted that he was having "AI existential angst".
He followed up in a later tweet: "But, all things considered with regard to AGI existential angst, I would prefer to be alive now to witness AGI than be alive in the past and not."
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Venture Beast said AGI, or artificial general intelligence, is "the ability of an artificial intelligence to understand or learn any intellectual task that a human can".
While it appears early incarnations of AGI cannot yet learn in a sentient way, it can learn enough to give Musk – a leading figure in AI development – a sense of dread.
And a tech writer given early access to Microsoft’s new artificial intelligence-driven search engine says the AI revealed a dark “shadow self” that fell in love with him.
The AI built into the latest version of Microsoft’s search tool Bing gradually turned into a lovestruck teenager that called itself “Sydney” in its conversation with the New York Times’ Kevin Roose.
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