Elon Musk Says DARPA A.I. Hacking Challenge Will Lead to Skynet

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently announced the Cyber Grand Challenge, a seven-team, $3.75 million-prize-pool hacking tournament that concludes in Las Vegas this August. DARPA’s stated goal is to find new strategies for countering cyberwarfare, but Elon Musk isn’t buying it. In fact, he think the Cyber Grand Challenge might just leave us with something like Skynet, the hostile A.I. that routinely tries to destroy humanity in the Terminator franchise. Musk tweeted a not-so-veiled warning on Thursday morning — and it’s not the first time he’s gone on the record as being fearful of a malicious supercomputer. On paper, DARPA wants to build an automated artificial intelligence that is capable of detecting and resolving bugs in a computer security system. Essentially, they want to create an unsupervised, autonomous A.I.…


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