Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has warned that the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) could make humans an endangered species on the planet. The South African billionaire made these comments while talking in Axios on HBO.
As per Elon Musk, AI is such a sophisticated technology that should be regulated. If not handled, the advent of artificial intelligence which matches human intelligence will make humans an endangered species. During the talk, Elon Musk also showed the examples of various species that were driven to isolated corners of the earth when humans gained dominance on the planet.
"When a species of primate, homo sapiens, became much smarter than other primates, it pushed all the other ones into a very small habitat... So there are very few mountain gorillas and orangutans and chimpanzees," said Elon Musk.
Elon Musk is not the only person who has talked about the vitality of regulating AI. Stephen Hawking's final book 'Big Answers to the Big Questions' predicts that humans will be overpowered by a race of superhumans in the future.
Stephen Hawking revealed that genetic engineering powered with AI is capable of altering the entire trajectory of human evolution. Hawking believes that the superhuman race will start dominating the ordinary people, and finally, ordinary humans may all die out or become unimportant.
"Once such superhumans appear, there are going to be significant political problems with the unimproved humans, who won't be able to compete. Presumably, they will die out, or become unimportant. Instead, there will be a race of self-designing beings who are improving themselves at an ever-increasing rate," Hawking wrote in the book.
Stephen Hawking also believes that artificial intelligence could be regulated. Hawking predicted that AI could develop a will of its own in the future, and it may sometimes conflict with outs. The legendary physicist also added that an arms race over autonomous weapons will happen in the coming years.