Elon Musk says SpaceX has a 50 percent chance of landing a rocket on floating …

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‘Building intelligent machines is like summoning the demon’: Elon Musk warns AI is mankind’s biggest threat.

Elon Musk says SpaceX has a 50 percent chance of landing a rocket on the next launch. The private spaceflight company SpaceX is hoping to bring a rocket back from space and land it on a giant, floating platform in the middle of the ocean, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Oct. 24.Chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk has warned against the development of artificial intelligence (AI), declaring it “the biggest existential threat there is”.

Speaking to students at an event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Musk shared the latest in a line of dramatic comments on technology today, telling those assembled: “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. Musk opined that governments need to begin regulating artificial intelligence development, saying that HAL 9000 – the sentient computer antagonist in the Space Odyssey series – would be “like a puppy dog” in comparison to what is possible. Musk, a pioneering technology visionary who has been described as ‘like the real Tony Stark’, says, ‘If I had to guess what the biggest threat to our existence is, it’s probably artificial intelligence.’ Musk says that fictional depictions of AI such as the lethal spaceship computer Hal 9000 would be ‘like a puppy dog’ in comparison with the powers and threat posed by a real, self-aware AI.

In an interview with The Huffington Post in January, he said, “I hope the A.I. is nice to us.” And earlier this year, he wrote in a tweet that artificial intelligence is “potentially more dangerous than nukes.” “Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history,” Hawking said in a Huffington Post blog post co-written by physicists Max Tegmark and Frank Wilczek and computer scientist Stuart Russell. “Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.” Musk has apparently done some heavy reading of late – “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom of the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute raises the questions, “What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence?

Musk and SpaceX hope to develop reusable rocket systems and capsules in order to decrease the cost of access to space, which could even make a colony on Mars a viable option at some point. In June, Musk explained this investment as a move designed to merely help keep “an eye on what’s going on”, as opposed to a potential return on capital. Will artificial agents save or destroy us?” Musk took to Twitter in August to encourage others to read the book, adding, “We need to be super careful with AI. Cambridge professor and heralded physicist Stephen Hawking, for instance, is in Musk’s camp, saying AI may turn out to be our best and last creation. SpaceX has already successfully flown boost stages of the Falcon 9 back to Earth, landing in the ocean after delivering various payloads to space, but the company has not attempted to land the rocket back on a floating platform before.

Then there’s tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreesen, who tweeted that he’s “increasingly convinced [Musk] simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about” and that anybody feeling “freaked out” about it should read this piece from the engineering geeks at IEEE Spectrum. Doesn’t work out.’ Musk is behind the heavily computerised Tesla cars, the first cars to run on Lithium Ion batteries, and also behind Space X, the first privately owned spacecraft to travel to the International Space Station.

The landing platform will be floating in the Atlantic Ocean with engines that can be used to keep it in position; however, it could still be “tricky” to land on top of it, Musk said. Musk says, according to TechCrunch’s report, ‘I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, predicts that by 2045, artificial intelligence will be here – and “mind uploads” will herald immortality, in a world of super-intelligent machines. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable.’ Vicarious’ ultimate aim is to build a ‘computer that thinks like a person…except it doesn’t have to eat or sleep’, according to the company’s co-founder Scott Phoenix. ‘There have been movies about this, you know, like Terminator,’ Musk continued. ‘There are some scary outcomes. In October 2013, the company announced it had developed an algorithm that ‘reliably’ solves modern Captchas – the world’s most widely used test of a machine’s ability to act human.

Professor Stephen Hawking has also warned that humanity faces an uncertain future as technology learns to think for itself and adapt to its environment.

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