Elon Musk has dipped into the age-old adage, ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’, advising that this is just what humans should do in order to prevent an eventual robot uprising.
In a recent talk, the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX founder said that he thinks that we will see a ‘symbiosis between human and machine intelligence’ in the coming years.
Such a scenario would stamp out the possibility of a ‘dangerous situation’ Musk said, in which AI that is smarter than man takes over.
Musk was speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai earlier today.
He said: ‘Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.
‘It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.’
He went on to explain that while computers can communicate at a ‘trillion bits per second’, humans can only process around 10 bits per second.
This could one day leave humans redundant in an AI dominated world.
Musk explained: ‘Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem.’
During his talk, Musk also touched upon his fear of ‘deep AI’, which is ‘smarter than the smartest human on earth’, and called it a ‘dangerous situation.’
Speaking more about the short-term, he added: ‘The most near term impact from a technology standpoint is autonomous cars.
‘That is going to happen much faster than people realize and it’s going to be a great convenience,’ Musk said.
‘But there are many people whose jobs are to drive. In fact I think it might be the single largest employer of people.
During his talk, Musk also touched upon his fear of ‘deep AI’, which is ‘smarter than the smartest human on earth’, and called it a ‘dangerous situation.’ Pictured is a robot from the Terminator film, which threatens to take over
‘So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick.’
This isn’t the first time that Musk has suggested that humans will one day merge with robots.
In a recent interview with Y Combinator, Musk explained that the ‘best outcome’ between humankind and machines would be a collective lifestyle where ‘we are the AI.’
Musk likened the situation to the cooperation of the limbic system and the cortex in the human brain.
In the interview, he explained that these two systems – the primitive brain that controls your instincts, and the ‘thinking part,’ respectively – work well together, and it would extremely unusual to find someone who wished to get rid of one of them.
Building off of this, he told Y Combinator, ‘I think if we can effectively merge with AI, like improving the neural link between the cortex and your digital extension of yourself, which already exists but just has a bandwidth issue, then effectively, you become an AI-human symbiote.’
This would also solve the ‘control problem,’ he went on to explain, as it could become so widespread that ‘anyone who wants it can have it.’
‘We don’t have to worry about some evil dictator AI,’ Musk told Y Combinator, ‘because we are the AI collectively.
‘That seems like the best outcome I can think of.’