Tesla CEO Elon Musk says drones could be as deadly as nukes

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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has been noted for looking beyond the present into the future, scoping out some of the worlds newest inventions like commercialised spacecraft, electric cars and solar energy for all of the World.

One place Musk worries about is artificial intelligence (AI), on Twitter the billionaire claimed the exploration in this area could be as dangerous as nukes, and without regulation and precautions could turn us all into precursors for robot dominance.

This is not the first time Musk has given a rather radical view to the research into AI. In an interview last year, Musk pointed to the Terminator as an example of something that could happen in the near future, which could be a danger to everyone.


Advancements in the world of artificial intelligence are nowhere near terminator level, but unnamed drones are already being used in various war-zones by the United States and other countries, as a way of target bombing areas.

These are just small planes though, in the future drones could police the roads and they might not be those flying things in the air, but real life synthetic robots, capable of using AI and databases on the fly to throw out punishment.

These ideals are not fully realised yet and in the world of AI, it still seems like 90 percent research, 10 percent product. Google has been a huge investor in AI and drones, acquiring Boston Dynamics for the hardware and DeepMind for the software.

All of these different companies want to see robots and artificial intelligence on another level. Five years ago someone predicted robots would be able to be married in 2050, in Elon Musk’s world we would be lucky to survive that long if robots understood how to love.

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