Elon Musk teased the discharge of his artificial intelligence startup xAI’s first tool on Friday – whilst the freewheeling billionaire predicted that advanced AI tools could eventually replace all jobs.
The 52-year-old tech tycoon – who has previously expressed concern that AI could wipe out humanity without proper guardrails in place – revealed that his firm will “release its first AI to a select group” starting Saturday.
“In some essential respects, it’s the perfect that currently exists,” Musk said in a Friday post on X. He didn’t elaborate on who would test the tool or its purported capabilities.
Musk announced the AI tool’s debut just hours after he discussed the technology’s potential implications alongside British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on the AI Safety Summit within the UK. Through the event, Musk said AI could potentially turn into “essentially the most disruptive force in history” as advancements were made.
“It’s hard to say exactly what that moment is, but there’ll come a degree where no job is required,” Musk said, in line with CNBC. “You may have a job if you happen to desired to have a job for private satisfaction. However the AI would give you the option to do all the pieces.”
“I don’t know if that makes people comfortable or uncomfortable,” Musk quipped, drawing laughter from the audience.
Musk launched xAI in July and tapped Igor Babuschkin, formerly of Google-owned DeepMind, to guide the project. The firm is predicted to work closely together with his other firms, including Tesla and X.
On the time, the Tesla boss said his AI team would try to spice up humanity’s “understanding of the universe” through its advancements and supply an alternative choice to tools developed by Microsoft-backed OpenAI and Google.
The X owner is pressing forward together with his own initiative just months after he joined greater than 1,000 experts in publicly calling for a six-month pause in the event of advanced AI models.
The group cited various potential risks if its concerns went unheeded, including the spread of “propaganda and untruth,” job losses, the event of “nonhuman minds which may eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us,” and the danger of “lack of control of our civilization.”
Musk stepped up his warnings in May, stating that there was a “non-zero likelihood” of AI “going Terminator” and “annihilating humanity.”
Musk isn’t the one tech bigwig to make dire predictions in regards to the technology.
OpenAI’s Sam Altman, whose firm built the favored ChatGPT, has likened the threat to that of pandemics and nuclear weapons, while ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt said AI is an “existential risk” to humanity that might lead to “many, many, many, many individuals harmed or killed”
AI developers face the prospect of increased federal oversight of their projects. Earlier this week, President Biden issued a first-of-its-kind executive order
As The Post has reported, some critics say the regulatory push by Musk, OpenAI boss Sam Altman and other well-known industry leaders is merely a cynical play to make sure they’ve a serious say in what rules are implemented – and potentially shut down competitors.