Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., on the AI Safety Summit 2023 at Bletchley Park in Bletchley, UK, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023.
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LONDON — Elon Musk thinks that artificial intelligence could eventually put everyone out of a job.
The billionaire technology leader, who’s CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and CTO and executive chairman of X, formerly often known as Twitter, and owner of the newly formed AI startup xAI, said late Thursday that AI may have the potential to grow to be the “most disruptive force in history.”
“We may have something that’s, for the primary time smarter than the neatest human,” Musk said at an event at Lancaster House, an official U.K. government residence.
“It’s hard to say exactly what that moment is, but there’ll come some extent where no job is required,” Musk continued, speaking alongside British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. “You possibly can have a job if you happen to desired to have a job for private satisfaction. However the AI would find a way to do every part.”
“I do not know if that makes people comfortable or uncomfortable,” Musk joked, to which the audience laughed.
“Should you wish for a magic genie, that provides you any wish you would like, and there isn’t any limit. You do not have those three wish limits nonsense, it’s each good and bad. One among the challenges in the longer term will probably be how can we find meaning in life.”
Musk’s comments Thursday follow the conclusion of a landmark summit at Bletchley Park, England, where world leaders agreed to a worldwide communique on AI that saw them find common ground on the risks the technology poses to humanity.
Technologists and political leaders used the summit to warn of the existential threats that AI poses, specializing in a few of the possible doomsday scenarios that may very well be formed with the invention of a hypothetical superintelligence.
The summit saw the U.S. and China, two countries clashing probably the most tensely over technology, agree to seek out global consensus on the way to tackle a few of the more complex questions around AI, including the way to develop it safely and regulate it.
Correction: Elon Musk is CEO of Tesla. An earlier version misstated his status.