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Elon Musk Warns of an AI Apocalypse in 5 Years, Terminator Style

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(Photo : Wikipedia) Elon Musk observes an assembly demo using robots at the reopening of the Tesla Factory

Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and private space company SpaceX, loudly warns the very future of the planet is at risk because of artificial intelligence (AI).

He believes these dangers from AI will manifest themselves in the next five to 10 years.

Musk warns that major AI companies should take great steps to ensure their control over their AI projects. He faults these companies for actually recognizing the imminent danger from AI but refusing to do anything about it out of the false belief they can control these "digital superintelligences".

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Musk is adamant that companies should stop these "bad AI" from escaping into the internet.

Futurist Musk knows his comments might seem odd to the public, coming as they do from a Fortune 1000 CEO. He said he isn't crying wolf about things that are hard to understand but believes he's not the only one aware of this danger.

Musk, however, hasn't explained how this AI invasion will unfold and how humanity will be enslaved by these digital superintelligences.

Musk has been known for his remarks about an upcoming digital apocalypse triggered by AI.

He famously said artificial intelligence is like summoning the demon. Musk is adamant there's a scientist out there seeking to control this "demon" but his efforts will fail.

Last August, Musk said everyone should be very careful with AI as it's potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.

Last June, he cited the movie, Terminator, as a probable scenario that might be possible with evil AI. There won't be any escape from this looming evil.

Despite his warnings against AI, Musk has invested in a number of AI companies, one of which is named DeepMind.

Musk says his direct exposure to DeepMind made him realize that AI is growing at an unprecedented rate. Although DeepMind was acquired by Google last January, Musk has been investing in other AI companies to keep close watch on them. He claims he doesn't want to make money from his AI investments. He just wants to keep an eye on AI.

Even if Musk has not or won't reveal his plan to counter the imminent onslaught of evil AI, he sees humanity heading towards a very dismal fate in which robots will inevitably replace humans.

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