In February he announced plans to send two space tourists on a flight around the moon as early as next year.
He creates sleek batteries that could lead to a world powered by cheap solar energy.
And yet there’s a creepy feeling underneath it all, a sense that we’re the mice in their experiments, that they regard us humans as Betamaxes or eight-tracks, old technology that will soon be discarded so that they can get on to enjoying their sleek new world.
Many people there have accepted this future: we’ll live to be 150 years old, but we’ll have machine overlords. As Musk slyly told Recode’s annual Code Conference last year in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, we could already be playthings in a simulated-reality world run by an advanced civilization.
They argue not about “whether” but rather about “how close” we are to replicating, and improving on, ourselves.
Sam Altman, the 31-year-old president of Y Combinator, the Valley’s top start-up accelerator, believes humanity is on the brink of such invention.“The hard part of standing on an exponential curve is: when you look backwards, it looks flat, and when you look forward, it looks vertical,” he told me.
Musk countered that this was one reason we needed to colonize Mars—so that we’ll have a bolt-hole if A. It’s hard for mere mortal women to maintain a relationship with someone as insanely obsessed with work as Musk.“How much time does a woman want a week? In , Rearden gives his wife a bracelet made from the first batch of his revolutionary metal, as though it were made of diamonds.
Musk and Altman have founded Open AI, a billion-dollar nonprofit company, to work for safer artificial intelligence.(Another 10 to 30 are on the way.)Altman, in gray T-shirt and jeans, is all wiry, pale intensity.Musk’s fervor is masked by his diffident manner and rosy countenance.Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning overlords. is rapidly developing but still far from the powerful, self-evolving software that haunts Musk. Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and Donald Trump adviser who co-founded Pay Pal with Musk and others—and who in December helped gather skeptical Silicon Valley titans, including Musk, for a meeting with the president-elect—told me a story about an investor in Deep Mind who joked as he left a meeting that he ought to shoot Hassabis on the spot, because it was the last chance to save the human race. It probably hadn’t eased his mind when one of Hassabis’s partners in Deep Mind, Shane Legg, stated flatly, “I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will likely play a part in this.”Before Deep Mind was gobbled up by Google, in 2014, as part of its A. shopping spree, Musk had been an investor in the company. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he’s like, yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? When they would return to the lab after a break, they’d say, “O.It was just a friendly little argument about the fate of humanity. Elon Musk began warning about the possibility of A. He told me that his involvement was not about a return on his money but rather to keep a wary eye on the arc of A. K., let’s get back to work summoning.”Musk wasn’t laughing. Elon Musk smiled when I mentioned to him that he comes across as something of an Ayn Rand-ian hero.