Imagine the most vile, most spiteful, cynical and insidious world leader. And now imagine that this person is not a person, but a network consisting of millions of computers around the world. And this digital dictator has instant access to even the most insignificant documented information about every person who lives or has ever lived on Earth. And he can make millions of calculations in fractions of a second, control the world economy, all computerized armed systems and, most terrible, have immortality in one form or another.
The appearance of such an incredible digital dictator, according to Tesla founder and SpaceX Ilona Mask, is one of the darkest possible scenarios for the future of mankind, if the development of artificial intelligence continues without serious control by the regulators.
"It is quite obvious that we are moving fast I'm going to have a digital superintelligence that will surpass any person, "said Ilon Mask in the new documentary" Do You Trust This Computer? "directed by Chris Payne, who also previously produced the documentary Who Killed The Electric Car? "
" If one company or a small group of people can create a godlike digital superintelligence – it will take over the world. "
Human history contains many examples of individuals who attempted to take the whole world into their own time. Alexander the Great, Charles the Great, Napoleon, Hitler are just some of the names on this list. However, according to Mask, authoritarian artificial intelligence will have one terrible advantage over all these people.
"All, even the most vicious and disgusting dictators were united by one thing – they were mortal. However, for AI at all there will be no such thing as death. He can exist forever. According to the same Mask, this hypothetical AI dictator will not even need to be truly evil to be dangerous to the whole of mankind.
"If the AI has a specific task and it will be so that humanity will stand in the way of solving this problem, the AI will simply destroy it, as a matter of course. Without any hesitation and moral torment. This is like building a road, in the way of which by chance was an anthill. We do not hate ants, we just build the road. Therefore, farewell an anthill, "- added Mask.