Daniel Roth — Daily Mail Online Aug 12 , 2017
‘If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea,’ Musk wrote on Twitter Friday.
Musk, 46, posted the ominous message of after a war of words between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump escalated this week.
Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the US military ‘locked and loaded’ and warning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he ‘will regret it fast’ if he takes any action against US territories or allies.
North Korea issued a response early Saturday morning, warning Trump to ‘talk and act properly’ if he wanted the US to avoid its ‘doom.’
‘If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly,’ North Korea said through state-run media.
Musk has consistently advocated for governments and private institutions to apply regulations on AI technology, arguing that controls are necessary in order to protect machines from advancing out of human control.
‘Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that’s a danger to the public is regulated. AI should be too,’ Musk also tweeted on Friday night.
The comments also came after his $1 billion start-up, OpenAI, made an appearance at a video game tournament Friday night. The technology handily beat arguably the best video gamer in the world, Danylo ‘Dendi’ Ishutin.
OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company that aims to promote and develop friendly AI for the benefit of humanity as a whole.
In 2016, Musk said during a media conference that human beings may eventually need to add a digital layer of intelligence to our brains in order to prevent robots from turning us into ‘house cats,’ according to Business Insider.
‘I don’t love the idea of being a house cat, but what’s the solution? I think one of the solutions that seem maybe the best is to add an AI layer,’ he said. ‘A third, digital layer that could work well and symbiotically’ with the rest of your body.
Musk theorized that if computers become smarter than people, they will treat human beings like ‘pets,’ choosing to breed docile individuals and eradicate violent ones.