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Other Voices: Does Artificial Intelligence start wars? Thoughts on Elon Musk

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

By Lars Jaeger:

The billionaire and acclaimed tech visionary Elon Musk just expressed another dire warning about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI). In a Twitter message (where else, we are to ask today) a few days ago he warned that this technology represents a greater risk to world peace than the current conflict with North Korea. His tweet fits seamlessly into a cascade of warnings on AI by the entrepreneur, who just a month earlier had described AI as the "biggest risk we face as a civilization."

Now, Elon Musk occupies himself with all sorts of future technologies, and we must assume that he knows what he is talking about. After all, he invests a lot of money into it. In addition, he has extensive access to first-hand information on the subject through the "Open AI" project, which he has set up himself and which is intended to foster the "safe" development and application of AI. We should thus take him and his statements seriously, despite that they are diametrically opposed to most of his colleagues in Silicon Valley, which seems to see in AI something like a modern holy grail of technological achievement for the benefit of humanity (which upon closer inspection, however, turns out to be a golden instrument for the value and profit creation of their companies).

Musk is joined by numerous other prominent voices who have expressed similar warnings. Although Stephen Hawking agrees that AI can be of great benefit, he warns......................

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