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Elon Musk in a Panic Over AI, Reckons We've Got Ten Years Before a Skynet-Style Wipeout

By Gary Cutlack on at

Elon Musk, probably the world's most enthusiastic advocate of technology, has spoken out on his worries about rogue AIs, claiming we have "10 years at most" before something big and bad involving computer technology happens.

Musk was speaking on Edge.org, in an interview that's since been pulled before it could trigger the mass panic-smashing of computers. Musk's troubling words were: "The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year time frame. 10 years at most. Please note that I am normally super pro technology, and have never raised the issue until recent months. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don't understand."

Elon says the near exponential growth in computer AI power is to blame for his sleepless nights, explaining that the developers of computer brains know the risks all too well, adding: "They recognize the danger, but believe that they can shape and control the digital super intelligences and prevent bad ones from escaping into the Internet. That remains to be seen..." [Reddit via Techradar]