Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has long been a vocal critic of artificial intelligence (AI). He has warned that AI could pose an existential threat to humanity, and he has called for regulation of the technology.
In a new report from The New York Times, Musk is said to have been warned that AI could also pose a threat to human colonies on Mars. The report states that Musk was told this by Demis Hassabis, the co-founder of DeepMind, a British artificial intelligence company that was acquired by Google in 2014.
Hassabis is said to have told Musk that AI could be used to control the infrastructure of a human colony on Mars, such as its power grid and water supply. He also warned that AI could be used to manipulate the colonists themselves, perhaps by controlling their thoughts or emotions.
The report states that Musk was “dumbfounded” by Hassabis’s warning. He had reportedly hoped that AI could be used to help humans colonize Mars, but he now realized that it could also be used to destroy such a colony.
Musk has not commented publicly on the report. However, he has previously said that he believes AI is “potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.” He has also called for the creation of an international body to regulate AI.
The warning from Hassabis is a reminder of the potential dangers of AI. As AI technology continues to develop, it is important to consider the potential risks as well as the potential benefits.