The most prolific purveyor of the latest & greatest technologies has a strangely ironic concern about the very innovations he is developing.
Elon Musk, the billionaire 21st century trailblazer, fears that we might have created a monster in our mastery of modern high tech industries.
This burgeoning menace is: Artificial Intelligence, or A.I. for short.
Techcrunch.com reports, this past week, Tesla CEO/Living, Breathing Tony Stark/Space X Founder Elon Musk was interviewed at the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium.
Asked about his thoughts on AI, Musk starts by noting that we ought to take care in closely regulating AI development, calling AI our “biggest existential threat.” But wait, there’s more! And by more, I mean demons and holy water.
I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with artificial intelligence.
I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon. You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like — Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out. [audience laughs]
Then after this question:
So I’ll take it there’ll be no HAL9000 going to mars?
Heh. HAL 9000 would be easy [to deal with in comparison to the AI he’s talking about]. It’s way more complex… it’d put HAL9000 to shame. That’s like a puppy dog.
While this prediction is certainly not impossible in the distant future, I am more concerned about one of the statements he made in his answer, which he threw out there as a mitigating preventative measure against such a dystopian development.
The problem with Elon Musk is, the prevention he asserts can unleash a worse disease TODAY than the spread of an unlikely, unbridled A.I. menace later. We can even see this with other philosophies that Musk supports wholeheartedly.
I refer to his words, ‘regulatory oversight.’
He is apparently just as eager to stem the tide of our theoretically vague man made global climate change. Likewise, he believes in a national & international governance over all of our energy consumption. His zeal is so feverish, he resigned from Trump’s business advisory councils to protest the President’s exit from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Just like Elon’s irrational phobia of the climate cycle, his strange obsession with sci-fi ‘Terminator’ like machines in the future has caused him to embrace a totalitarian global consortium of elites to save us from our own ambitions. But, what if his ounce of prevention turns into a pound of mass slavery.
The Hitler Syndrome
History tells us that whenever someone manufactures an unlikely future threat, & then successfully implements a regulatory inoculation solution, mass misery & genocide follow.
Hitler warned Germans about the Jews, who were a ‘race-tuberculosis of the peoples,’ according to Adolf. He believed the Jewish people were dangerously inferior to his race, & would create a detrimental dilution within the German population.
Could you imagine what the world would be like today if the Allies had not challenged & defeated Hitler’s insane ideologies?
Musk We Obey?
All these decades later, Elon Musk now portends these apocalyptic scenarios, then throws a temper tantrum when others are not inclined to obey his dubious warnings. This sounds ominously similar to a certain former zealous German leader…
Upon the pretense of certain doom without their wisdom, they scare us into resigning our liberties to them in exchange for salvation.
Elon Musk claims our ever advancing artificial intelligence is invoking demons, & he gives us his familiar authoritarian elixir.
But WE KNOW, the Devil is in his details…