Elon Musk thinks artificial intelligence is ultimately more unsafe than nuclear weapons

Katie Ramirez
March 13, 2018

Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon, once said, "Mars is there, waiting to be reached".

Elon Musk thinks AI is more unsafe than nuclear weapons.

There is "some probability" that there will be another Dark Ages, "particularly if there is a third world war", Mr Musk said at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. And mark my words: "AI is far more risky than nukes".

"It kind of reads like Shackleton's ad for Antarctic explorers: hard, dangerous, a good chance you'll die, excitement for those who survive", Musk said when describing the types of people who will be the planet's first pioneers. "Excitement for those who survive".

SpaceX, Musk's spacecraft manufacturing company, is now working on the first vehicle - codenamed BFR for Big F*cking Rocket - with the designated objective of transporting people to Mars. "Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, y'know." he said to laughter, before trailing off, according to the BBC.

"Eventually, the rocket will host convoys of people and their belongings. This is a very big booster and ship", says Musk, CEO of SpaceX. The spacecraft would ultimately be able to make missions to the Moon or Mars, Musk said. "Everyone votes on every issue and that's how it goes".

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After successfully sending an electric auto into deep space, the SpaceX CEO is setting his sights on fulfilling his lifelong dream to colonize the Red Planet and sending Earth's citizens to Mars.

". then really the explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity [will begin], because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints", he said.

The biggest revelation of the night was his plans regarding the testing of his ambitious SpaceX rockets.

Musk said he had about $180 million from PayPal and thought he could allocate half of that sum to SpaceX, Tesla and another of his companies, SolarCity.

The trailer featured the Falcon Heavy from its construction at SpaceX to its historic launch last February 6 at Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center, as well as images of Musk's Tesla Roadster and Starman.

Although Musk certainly has skin in the game - Musk frequently uses "a third world war" as the number one reason for wanting to colonize Mars with SpaceX - that doesn't negate the importance of heeding his warning.

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