Elon Musk’s relationship with Google cofounder Larry Page is complicated, to say the least.
On the one hand, the two influential tech CEOs are close friends and business associates; on the other hand, Musk is genuinely worried that Page might just lead to the destruction of humanity as we know it.
“I’m really worried about this,” Musk is quoted as saying in Elon Musk, a new authorized biography of the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.
“This,” according to the book, refers to the possibility that Page would develop artificially-intelligent robots that could turn evil and have the ability to annihilate the human race.
Page may be well-meaning, but as Musk says, “He could produce something evil by accident.”
Google has acquired more than half a dozen robotics companies to date, but the company’s ultimate goal for robots is unclear. Andy Rubin, the executive in charge of the (maybe not killer) robot effort, left Google late last year.
Both Page and Musk have publicly discussed their views on artificial intelligence — though not directed at each other.
“We do have lots of proof points that one can create intelligent things in the world because– all of us around,” Page said in an interview last year. “Therefore, you should presume that someday, we will be able to make machines that can reason, think and do things better than we can.”
A few months after that, Musk told an interviewer that he believes “something seriously dangerous” may come about from AI in the next 5-10 years. “Please note that I am normally super pro technology and have never raised this issue until recent months. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don’t understand.” Read More: http://mashable.com/2015/05/12/elon-musk-fears-larry-page/