Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence Is A Demon

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SolarCity, SpaceX and Telsa founder Elon Musk made headlines once again for his warning against the rise of artificial intelligence while speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Aeronautics and Astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium, by comparing the rise of AI to summoning a demon.

During the hour-long interview Friday, Musk called AI one of humanity’s “great existential threats.” He went on to call for the need of more regulation in the scientific community, “just to make sure that we nothing do nothing foolish.”

He concluded his anti-AI remarks by stating, “with artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. 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,” according to The Washington Post. (RELATED: Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence Could Create ‘Terminator’)

Musk was so intent in his fear of AI that he missed the next audience question. He continued though to answer questions on a wide variety and even asked the MIT students in attendance their favorite sci-fi related books.