Elon Musk teases new AI project
Elon Musk appears to be readying a new project to enter the AI arena against Microsoft and OpenAI.
- "I don't want to jump the gun here on announcements, but OpenAI has a relationship with Microsoft that seems to work very well ... so it's possible that X.AI and Twitter and Tesla would have something similar."
- One of his main ambitions for Twitter has been to transform it into an "everything app," which he's teased online as simply "X."
Flashback: Musk's interest and ambitions in AI date back to at least 2011 when he was an early investor in DeepMind, a London startup at the time, the New York Times notes.
- A few years later, he and then Y Combinator president Sam Altman founded OpenAI as a nonprofit.
What they're saying: "AI will usher in an age of abundance, assuming that we're in a benign AI scenario," Musk said on Tuesday.
- At the same time, Musk repeated his fear that there's a "not zero chance" of AI going "Terminator."
The big picture: Musk said AI will change the way the human race operates "a lot" in the future.
- "Anything where intelligence can be applied — even modest intelligence — will be automated ... 10, 20 years from now."
Be smart: Musk has been on an extensive media tour this year, as two of his most high-profile companies come under pressure.
What to watch: Musk believes the key to competing in AI is having talented people, a lot of expensive computing power and access to data.
- He also warned about the dangers that AI will play in upcoming elections — stressing that having more paid subscribers on social media platforms could cut down on AI manipulation.
- When asked to rank the U.S. and China on their respective AI prowess, Musk said that the U.S. has "the most advanced AI."