Should We Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?
Recently, it was reported that Elon Musk of Tesla (TSLA), SpaceX, etc. thinks we should be afraid of the artificial intelligence (“AI”) and that we might be headed toward extinction if we are not careful. He was quoted as follows “We are summoning the demon”. These are amazingly strong words coming from a guy that believes we should colonize the universe (next stop Mars..?).
For those of you that need a simple definition of Artificial intelligence (AI), it can be summed up as “intelligence exhibited by machines”. We are currently experiencing a leap forward in AI in concert with significant progress in computer power, sizes of training sets, theoretical understanding, & AI specific techniques that are aiding this development and causing many to fear what may result and how close we are to realizing the results.
Now Elon Musk, along with his business partner in a relatively new project, Sam Altman, President or Y Combinator, have now founded OpenAI, a billion-dollar nonprofit company, that is focused on working for “safer artificial intelligence”. It will be interesting to see how their efforts along with others will help guide us through these uncharted waters and hopefully guide us away from extinction as some fear may be inevitable.
Note that the 2017 EmTechDigital Conference is currently going on March 27-28 in San Francisco and is to focus on the business impact of artificial intelligence. Apparently it is sold out!