Elon Musk, big boss of Tesla and SpaceX, has made a serious warning about artificial intelligence. According to him, AI is a bigger threat to humankind than nuclear weapons.
He recently made the comments while speaking at a Southwest tech conference in Austin, Texas. He further suggested that there should be a regulatory body that will oversee the development of super intelligence – before it’s too late.
Musk has earned criticisms for “fear-mongering” but he stays firm about his views.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has said that Musk’s doomsday warnings are “pretty irresponsible” and unnecessary. Meanwhile Steven Pinker, a professor at Harvard University, also attacked Musk’s way of thinking.
His response? He thinks they are “fools”.
Imagine this scary technology paired with Artificial Intelligence
“The biggest issue I see with so-called AI experts is that they think they know more than they do, and they think they are smarter than they actually are.
“This tends to plague smart people. They define themselves by their intelligence and they don’t like the idea that a machine could be way smarter than them, so they discount the idea — which is fundamentally flawed.”
There is great reason to be concerned, according to the tech genius.
“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.”
To illustrate his point, he mentioned machine intelligence drastically grows, such as in the case of AlphaGo Zero, an AI system created by London-based tech firm DeepMind, which learned to play an old Chinese strategy game called Go “without any human intervention,” the reports said.
He also added:
“So the rate of improvement is really dramatic. 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 is the single biggest existential crisis that we face and the most pressing one.”
Musk believes that forming a governing body is important – before it’s too late.
“I am not normally an advocate of regulation and oversight — I think one should generally err on the side of minimizing those things — but this is a case where you have a very serious danger to the public.
“It needs to be a public body that has insight and then oversight to confirm that everyone is developing AI safely. This is extremely important. I think the danger of AI is much greater than the danger of nuclear warheads by a lot and nobody would suggest that we allow anyone to build nuclear warheads if they want. That would be insane.
“And mark my words, AI is far more dangerous than nukes. Far. So why do we have no regulatory oversight? This is insane.”
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Walmart Just Filed a Patent for Autonomous Robot Bees
It’s like straight out of a Black Mirror episode.
According to reports, Walmart just recently, and quietly, filed a patent for robot bees that could be used to pollinate crops. This move suggests that the US retail giant might be getting into farming in the future.
The robot bees, technically called pollination drones, function by using sensors and cameras to find crops and then carry pollen from one plant to another. News about the patent was first discovered by CB Insights. They reported that the robot bee patent appears alongside five other patents for farming drones.
This move by Walmart signals a possible venture into agriculture in the not-so-distant future.
Astronaut’s Gene Expression No Longer the Same as His Identical Twin, According to NASA
Earlier reports saying the astronaut’s DNA had changed is inaccurate.
Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study revealed that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genetic expression had not returned to baseline after his return to Earth two years ago. Experts at NASA are studying what happened to the astronaut before, during, and after he spent one year aboard the International Space Station. Scientists are conducting an extensive comparison of Kelly and his identical twin, Mark, who remained on Earth.
Kelly spent 340 days on the ISS from 2015 to 2016, along with Russian crewmate Mikhail Kornienko. Earlier reports said that Kelly's DNA had changed, which makes him no longer identical with his twin. But the reports were an inaccurate description of what really happened.
Kelly's DNA did not change; it is his gene expression that did.
Manny Pacquiao Enters Cryptocurrency Market, Plans To Release Own Virtual Token
Pacquiao’s virtual token will be called PAC coin.
Boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao is venturing into the world of cryptocurrencies as he joins Singapore-based firm Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX). The company has announced Pacquiao as their latest celebrity ambassador.
The startup claims to be the first of its kind since it lets celebrities create what's called "Celebrity Tokens," or the famous personalities' own cryptocurrencies. And the Philippine senator happens to have joined the hype. Pacquiao will soon release his own virtual token.