Artificial intelligence: Should we be as terrified as Elon Musk and Bill Gates?

Elon Musk (left) and Bill Gates have both raised the red flag on AI. Images: CNET Elon Musk and Bill Gates have been as fearless as any entrepreneurs and innovators of the past half century. They have eaten big risks for breakfast and burped out billions of dollars afterward. But today, both are terrified of the same thing: Artificial intelligence. In a February 2015 Reddit AMA, Gates said, “First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern … and [I] don’t understand why some people are not concerned.” In a September 2015 CNN interview, Musk went even further. He…


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