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Are we really ready for robots?

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has revealed he believes artificial intelligence could be catastrophic for humanity who are set to become a cyborg race which will have to grapple with 15 per cent of the global work force being without a job. The creative genius added a ‘universal income’ would have to be introduced for the global population because robots will do everything.

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Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the entrepreneur also told the 4000 strong conference he saw space flights to the far reaches of the solar system being as common as a plane ride in 50 years. And self-driven cars were just 10 years away from usurping human driven vehicles completely. The business magnate, who was being interviewed by Mohammad Abdulla Alergawi, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future for the UAE, told the slightly perplexed crowd: “One of the most troubling questions is artificial intelligence. I don’t mean narrow A.I. — deep artificial intelligence, where you can have A.I. which is much smarter than the smartest human on earth. This is a dangerous situation.” He also warned world governments: “Pay close attention to the development of artificial intelligence. “Make sure researchers don’t get carried away — scientists get so engrossed in their work they don’t realise what they are doing.”

Is AI good or not good, that is the question?

When asked if he thought A.I. was a good or a bad thing Musk said: “I think it is both. “One way to think of it is imagine you were very confident we were going to be visited by super intelligent aliens in 10 years or 20 years at the most. “Digital super intelligence will be like an alien.”  He then joked: “It seems probable. But this is one of the great questions in physics and philosophy — where are the aliens? […]