The genius behind revolutionary companies such as Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, has a stark warning for the future of humanity.
The genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist has warned that humans may have to ‘merge’ with technology in order to compete with machines, The Independent reports.
Musk was speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he explained that eventually machines will outpace the human brain and replace people in certain fields of work.
CNBC report 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 add that a computer can communicate a ‘trillion bits per second’ but humans can only manage 10 bits per second while typing on a mobile device. Clearly we need some help to catch up.
Musk believes that by using a high-bandwidth interface to the brain we may be able to achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence that will help to solve the possibility of machines replacing us.
Robots have already begun to replace people in certain fields, noting that autonomous cars are currently putting millions of driving jobs at risk.
Musk finished his slightly alarming speech by warning about a dangerous ‘deep AI’, an artificial intelligence that could potentially out think the smartest human on earth’.
Musk is just one of a number of researchers and scientists who’ve warned that AI is a threat to mankind, Stephen Hawking’s warned about it in the past for example.
Let’s just hope no one’s working on developing a program called Skynet…