The Future And Artificial Intelligence: A Reluctance to Recognize Elon Musk’s Demon?

Just over 65 years ago, Alan Turing famously posed the following question: Can machines think? In Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Turing investigates the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the idea that machine-based life may indeed meet or surpass the boundaries of human intellect. Since Turing’s essay and over the course of the last several years, leaders in the technology industry, public intellectuals and mathematicians and philosophers alike have begun to sound the alarm on advances in AI computing, warning of the potential unforeseen end results of placing such super-intelligence “online”. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, shocked many in 2014 when he postulated that the world’s greatest existential threat was likely not nuclear war or climate change but rather the unboxing of an ill-considered AI, an act he…


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