We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.

– Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla Motors and Space X, in a tweet over the weekend warning of the perils of artificial intelligence. Musk issued a similarly cautious note in a June interview with CNBC, saying we must avoid a Terminator -like outcome when developing AI.

Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

No word yet from Musk on how we can protect our hearts from eventually being broken by Scarlett Johansson-voiced operating systems. While Musk isn t opposed to the concept of artificial intelligence (he s an investor in San Francisco AI company Vicarious and expects self-driving Tesla cars within the next year), it s nice to know he s at least aware of the dangers of technology run amok.

Er, perhaps too aware:


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Hope we re not just the biological boot loader for digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

Oh man. So we re probably just a bunch of meatbags living in a Matrix -like reality simulation? Bummer. But at least Musk s simulation is cool enough to get him into an episode of The Simpsons.

 

At top: Elon Musk in 2013, file photo by Nhat V. Meyer/Staff.