Ο Elon Musk warned us that artificial intelligence would conquer us within the next five years.
The forecast marks a major revision of previous estimates of when machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence and accelerate at an incomprehensible rate.
Well-known futurist Ray Kurzweil has stated for many years that this peak of super-intelligence of machines is expected around 2045, citing exponential developments in technologies such as robotics, computers and AI
The billionaire businessman, who also helped set up the artificial intelligence lab OpenAI in 2015, has warned of the existential threat posed by advanced artificial intelligence in recent years. Nevertheless, he said he still believes the issue is not fully understood.
"My assessment of why AI is overlooked by very smart people is that they do not believe that a computer can ever be as smart as they are. "And this is just an insult and obviously wrong," he said.
"We are entering an era where artificial intelligence is much smarter than humans and I think the time frame to surpass us is less than five years from now. This does not mean that everything will go wrong in five years. It just means that things will get very strange. "
In 2016, Musk said humans are at risk of being treated like pets by artificial intelligence unless technology is developed that can connect our brains to computers.
The Neuralink will allow people to compete with artificial intelligence, according to Musk, as well as treat brain diseases, control their mood, and let others listen to music directly from their chips.
Both Musk and Kurzweil remain among the leading artificial intelligence researchers committed to supporting strict guidelines for the development of advanced AI
An open letter published by the Future of Life Institute (FLI) in 2017 outlined a set of rules deemed necessary to avoid an uncontrolled artificial intelligence, as well as a scenario involving deadly autonomous weapons.
"We hope that these rules will provide material for intense debate and ambitious goals on how artificial intelligence can be used to improve people's lives in the years to come," the institute said.