Is Elon Musk obsessed or POSSESSED with Artificial Intelligence?

Musk: I need a pipe, ax and pair of work gloves.

ai destroy2
Lions Gate

Computers have been known to act temperamental -- usually a well deserved reboot or installing a security patch fixes odd behavior. On a related computing topic, Elon Musk recently made somewhat disturbing comments about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). Comments that make normal computer problems look pale by comparison.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers sleep with the lights on.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

Matt McFarland hits close to home with this bombshell:

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has warned about [AI] before, tweeting that it could be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Speaking Friday...Musk called it our biggest existential threat.  MORE

David Murphy doesn't know what to think:

Is Elon Musk really that fearful of artificial intelligence, or is he just trolling? Based on a recent Q&A...we're not quite sure.   MORE

And Javier E. David summons our disbelief:

Elon Musk is stepping up his warnings about the potential scourge of [AI]...telling a group of students that the technology was akin to "summoning the demon."  MORE

Straight up, Eric Mack's warnings are dire:

This has become a recurring theme in Musk's public comments, and each time he warns of the AI bogeyman it seems even more dire.

In June, Musk raised the specter of the "Terminator" franchise, saying that he invests in [AI] companies...just to be able to keep an eye on the technology.  MORE

Brittany Hillen's neural net processah is a learning computah: [Ahem - Ed.]

Musk isn't the only one who sees the dangers of a future filled with [AI]. Cries have been made for regulations to be established...the UN, as an example, held a meeting about intelligent "killer robots" earlier this year.  MORE

Shawn Langlois endures a harsh tweet-storm to bring us this:

[Tech] entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreesen, [has] tweeted that he's "increasingly convinced [Musk] simply doesn't know what he's talking about."  MORE

Emma Finamore and Kunal Dutta boot-up every morning:

In August [Musk] tweeted: "Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes."

In another Twitter post he said: "Hope we're not just the biological boot loader for digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable."  MORE

Meanwhile, Simon Montford puts two and two together:

Elon Musk "With AI we are summoning the demon"...Google buys two more AI startups...#GoFigure.  MORE


You have been reading IT Blogwatch by Richi Jennings and Stephen Glasskeys, who curate the best bloggy bits, finest forums, and weirdest websitesÖ so you don't have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning. Hatemail may be directed to @RiCHi or Opinions expressed may not represent those of Computerworld. Ask your doctor before reading. Your mileage may vary. E&OE.

Copyright © 2014 IDG Communications, Inc.

Shop Tech Products at Amazon