Elon Musk has many strengths. Oratory is not one of them.
Yet, his words flowed like a jet stream at South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin last weekend. Especially when he was needled on Artificial intelligence (AI) .
In his words, “Mark my words, AI is far more dangerous than Nukes, by far. So, why do we have no regulatory oversight? This is insane.”
How did he back up his serious statement?
1) Like many of us naturally do, he put his own experience forefront as the credibility builder.
“I am really quite close, I am very close, to the cutting edge in AI and it scares the hell out of me. It’s capable of vastly more than almost anyone knows and the rate of improvement is exponential.”
2) Like many of us do, he backed it up with real example.
DeepMind, Google’s AI company, has AI called AlphaGo playing a board-game called Go.
“Over six to nine months AlphaGo went from being unable to beat a relatively good Go player to then beating world champions. AlphaGo Zero, its successor, then completely destroyed AlphaGo 100–0.”
3) Like many of us do, he concluded by reinforcing his main point.
“The rate of improvement is really dramatic, but we have to figure out some way to ensure that the advent of digital super intelligence is one which is symbiotic with humanity. I think that’s the single biggest existential crisis that we face, and the most pressing one,”