Article Image
News Link • Robots and Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk: a Machine Tasked with Getting Rid of Spam Could End Humanity


Musk was speaking to Walter Isaacson, the president and C.E.O. of the Aspen Institute, on stage at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. Musk, uncharacteristically wearing a suit, detailed his fears after teasing the announcement of Tesla's secretive project called "the D."

"I don't think anyone realizes how quickly artificial intelligence is advancing. Particularly if [the machine is] involved in recursive self-improvement . . . and its utility function is something that's detrimental to humanity, then it will have a very bad effect," said Musk.

"If its [function] is just something like getting rid of e-mail spam and it determines the best way of getting rid of spam is getting rid of humans . . . " Musk trailed off, as the crowd laughed.

Isaacson asked Musk if his well-publicized desire to retire on Mars, part of the inspiration behind Musk's spacecraft company, SpaceX, could help him outrun the evil machines.

"No—more likely than not that if there's some . . . apocalypse scenario, it may follow people from Earth," said Musk.

Join us on our Social Networks:


Share this page with your friends on your favorite social network: