Musk has long been a very vocal condemner of AI technology and the precautions people should take
Elon Musk is one of the most prominent names and faces in developing technologies.
The billionaire entrepreneur heads up SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring company.
But while he is at the forefront of creating AI technologies, he is also well aware of its dangers.
Here’s a comprehensive timeline of all of Musk’s premonitions, thoughts, and warnings about AI so far.
August 2014 – ‘We have to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.’
October 2014 – ‘I think we should be very careful with artificial intelligence. If I had to guess what our greatest existential threat is, it probably is. So we have to be very careful with the artificial intelligence.’
October 2014 – ‘With artificial intelligence we summon the demon.’
June 2016 – ‘The benign situation with ultra-intelligent AI is that we would be so far below intelligence that we would be like a pet or a house cat.’
July 2017 – ‘I think AI is something that is risky on a civilization level, not just an individual level of risk, and so it really requires a lot of security research.’
July 2017 – ‘I’ve been exposed to cutting-edge AI and I think people should really be concerned about that.’
July 2017 – ‘I keep sounding the alarm, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal.’
August 2017 – ‘If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Much more risk than North Korea.’
November 2017 – ‘Maybe there is a five to ten percent chance of success [of making AI safe].’
March 2018 – ‘AI is much more dangerous than nuclear weapons. So why don’t we have regulatory oversight?’
April 2018 – ‘[AI is] a very important topic. It’s going to affect our lives in ways we can’t even imagine right now.”
April 2018 – ‘[We could create] an immortal dictator from whom we would never escape.”
November 2018 – ‘Maybe AI will let me follow it, laugh like a demon and say who the pet is now.’
September 2019 – ‘If advanced AI (beyond basic bots) hasn’t been applied to manipulate social media, it won’t be long before it has.’
February 2020 – ‘At Tesla, using AI to solve self-driving cars isn’t just icing on the cake, it’s the cake.’
July 2020 – ‘We are moving towards a situation where AI is vastly smarter than humans and I think that time frame is less than five years from now. But that doesn’t mean everything will go to hell in five years. It just means things get unstable or weird.”
April 2021: ‘Much of real-world AI needs to be solved to make uncontrolled, generalized fully self-driving work.’
February 2022: ‘We have to solve a large part of AI to make cars drive themselves.’
December 2022: ‘The danger of training AI to be awakened – in other words, to lie – is deadly.’