Elon Musk donates $10 million to fight the coming robot uprising
The singularity is nigh, and Elon Musk isn’t taking any chances.
The SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder has gone on record as believing that that artificial intelligence could eventually become sentient. (Or at least self-improving, if not self-aware.) And when that happens, humans could face the kind of robot uprising that keeps sci-fi nerds awake at night.
Now Musk is showing that he means business, donating $10 million to the cause of keeping AI subordinated under human command.
Musk made his contribution to the Future of Life Institute, which says its mission is to “mitigate[ing] existential risks facing humanity.” Musk said he was making a donation to “keep AI beneficial” and released a statement with the cash. From TechCrunch:
“Here are all these leading AI researchers saying that AI safety is important”, said Elon Musk in the statement, referring to this letter originally put forward by FLI founder and MIT professor Max Tegmark. “I agree with them, so I’m today committing $10M to support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity.”
While the idea of an artificial intelligence singularity has always sounded laughable to the mainstream, Elon Musk is probably smarter than any of us. After all this is a guy who, when asked in a Reddit AMA how he was able to fit the engineering details of electric car innovation, space travel and solar power into his brain at the same time, demurred by saying, “My context switching penalty is high and my process isolation is not what it used to be.”
Right. So if this guy is worried about the robot uprising, we probably all should be.
Then again, maybe our new robot overlords will have an idea for how to turn back the rising sea levels, which we are apparently failing at even worse than we thought.