In a recent interview wealthy investor Elon Musk explains what his current projects are and voices concerns over artificial intelligence. His solution? Invest.
In 2013, Spike Jonze produced Her, a movie literally ‘flirting’ with human and A.I. (artificial intelligence) relationships. One of Google’s top engineers, Ray Kurzweil, said that A.I. will rival human intelligence by 2029. Now, in a recent interview, Elon Musk, billionaire investor and SpaceX founder, commented about the advances in the A.I. arena.
“They didn’t expect some sort of ‘Terminator’-like outcome,” Musk somewhat jokingly refers to advances in the industry, explaining why he invested in the A.I. company Vicarious. “It’s not from the standpoint of actually trying to make any investment return,” He elaborated. “It’s really, I like to just keep an eye on what’s going on with artificial intelligence. I think there is a potentially dangerous outcome there.”
Coming from a man who makes his living on cutting-edge technology, without the intent of making return, the broader business and science communities are paying heed to his words. In the same interview, Musk spoke about some of his other investments in extremely new and expensive markets including Tesla Motors, DeepMind, and Hyperloop.
Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors, a company that designs and manufactures electric cars and their components. DeepMind is another A.I. start-up company and Hyperloop is a project focused on revolutionizing commute between large metro areas within several hundred miles of proximity by decreasing transit time, all of this via a high-speed tube network that is powered by electromagnetic acceleration.
The man has his hands full, so he has quit trying to push Hyperloop for the time being. “I understand that there are some companies that are forming to try to make the Hyperloop happen,” Musk said. “I encourage them. I think that’s great. I’m super-focused on Tesla and SpaceX and a small amount on SolarCity. So that basically, completely uses up my brain. But I hope something happens with the Hyperloop. And if nothing happens with it, then I will probably do something down the road to try to make it happen.”
For now, Musk and SpaceX are preparing and anticipating a launch on Friday at Cape Canaveral to send a group of commercial satellites into orbit, an event which forecasters predict may be interfered with by thunderstorms and lightning.