Elon Musk: This New Technology Is Keeping Elon Musk Up at Night

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Peter Thiel Launch OpenAI One of this year’s hottest topics was, surprisingly, artificial intelligence (AI). Billionaire tech visionaries SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Palantir founder Peter Thiel have been talking a lot about the prospect of super-intelligent computers, even while companies like Alphabet Inc and Facebook, Inc. have been working on AI technology. (Source: “How Elon Musk and Y Combinator Plan to Stop Computers From Taking Over,” BackChannel, December 11, 2015.) When I say artificial intelligence, please don’t think of a robot; they are not the same. AI is not a physical being like the machines in Terminator, but rather a type of software that is capable of learning and improving its own processes based on what it’s learned. Or at least that’s the narrowest…


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