The case of the misleading headline

Elon Musk, who is probably the closest thing to a real life Tony Starks, did an interview with MIT. During the interview he stated that we need to be careful about our development of AI.  His explanation was perfect fodder for sensationalist editors. Google “Elon” in Google News right now and you’ll see all kinds of ridiculous headlines.

So what did he say exactly?

“With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon,” he said. “In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out.”

Careful, if you read that sentence twice you may go crazy too! In all seriousness, I don’t think we need international regulation when it comes to AI development (something he mentioned) but I also don’t think what he said is crazy. All he is saying is we need to be careful that we don’t develop something we can’t control.

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