Opinion: Is Elon Musk right about artificial intelligence being dangerous?


A film made in 1983, “WarGames” starred Matthew Broderick and pointed out the dangers of AI. It featured a superbrain computer that was trained to test wartime scenarios. Then the artificial intelligence is triggered and it leads to the brink of a nuclear war.

The billionaire warned in 2016 that human beings could become the equivalent of “house cats” to new AI overlords. Elon Musk has been repeatedly calling for regulation. He thinks researchers should use caution as AI technology is developed.

Estimates are that AI could surpass human intelligence in the next five years, even if we don’t see the impact of it immediately.

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The potential for total disruption in every sector is high. Despite the fact that most processes are already highly automated, there are still plenty of ways in which robots can be improved with the addition of AI.

“That doesn’t mean that everything goes to hell in five years,” Musk emphasized. “It just means that things get unstable or weird.”

Robots are a big part of  popular culture

Today we have machines that can learn, think, and ask questions. With the onset of big data, advanced neural algorithms, and super-powered parallel processing, we have unprecedented growth in the field of AI.