There is a new documentary you can watch online which is being called “Do You Trust This Computer”. It talks about the dangers of future super intelligence. As you probably already know we are moving into an Age where computers and our smartphones are constantly becoming more powerful. And we will soon probably create AI or in it’s long form Artificial Intelligence. This intelligence may become smarter than humans.
The risk with this is that we may lose control over planet Earth. Elon Musk said some interesting things in the documentary. For example this quote about AI: “an immortal dictator from which we could never escape.”. Remember that this is coming from a very smart guy that has created three different billion dollar companies! So he knows what he is talking about. Me personally thinks that he knows how serious it is and now he tries to take us to Mars before it’s too late. But only rich people will be able to afford it for now.
I recommend you to watch the documentary but be aware that they add some politics in the movie which I feel is wrong. They should have kept it neutral! But the whole idea is that we should probably democratize AI so everyone can get their hands on it. So not just a small elite gets it. Because they can then do scary things with it and dominate planet Earth. Another scary thing Musk said was: “At least when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die. But for an AI, there will be no death – it would live forever. And then you would have an immortal dictator from which we could never escape.”.
I think to be honest that perhaps Elon has watched a bit too many science fiction movies. It all sounds romantic with robots take over this planet but will it really happen? Can’t we just power off the electricity and start over? We have done well a very long time without it so we could turn it off again. The only problem is that now most are addicted to their gadgets. We would have to teach people survival skills again.
To be honest I don’t think AI will see humans as a threat. We are not that super smart! I think that AI will work side by side with man to create a better safer world. Also I think that eventually we will be able to upgrade our brains so we could become super humans.
We are already seeing this starting to happen with humans how they are replacing arms and legs with real robotic parts. It looks like a fantasy story or like the movie Avatar. What is human and what is machine will be a very interesting question in the future. Since stuff will get a bit confusing. We can look at Japan to see a bit into the future since they are developing lots of interesting tech before everyone else.
Currently I read a very interesting book about the topic of speed. How everything have started to speed up more and more in terms of innovation the last couple of years. The book is called The Great Acceleration and I think you should read it. It’s very well researched and a great writer called Robert Colvile. If you want to watch the documentary that inspired me to write this blog post then you can do so here. Do you think Elon Musk is right or is he dreaming?