"We are already a cyborg," Musk said on stage with Alibaba chairman Jack Ma at an artificial intelligence conference in Shanghai on Thursday.
- Elon Musk talked artificial intelligence with Alibaba chairman Jack Ma in Shanghai on Thursday.
- Musk doubled down on his previous warnings that AI will overtake human intelligence
- The Tesla CEO also took the time to mention his latest bet, Neuralink, and its planned brain-computer interface that could let human compete with AI.
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Elon Musk was in China on Thursday, but not to talk Tesla and its new factory in the country.
Instead, the chief executive talked artificial intelligence on stage next to Alibaba founder Jack Ma, and doubled down on his warnings that the technology could pose grave risks to human society as we know it.
"Generally, people underestimate the capability of AI," Musk said at the conference in Shanghai. "They sort of think it's like a smart human, but it's going to be much more than that. It'll be much smarter than the smartest human."
Musk's proposed solution: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
Amid the myriad of Musk's corporate bets, one of the more recent endeavors is "Neuralink." Unveiled in a white paper in July, the company hopes to begin testing its computer-brain interface in humans as early as next year. Experts say the technology is impressive, but called the timeline "delusional."
"We are already a cyborg," Musk said. "People don't realize — we are already a cyborg because we are so well integrated with our phones and our computers. The phone is almost like an extension of yourself. If you forget your phone, it's like a missing limb. But the communication bandwidth to the phone is very low, especially input."
That's why humans desperately need to catch up.
"We will be far, far surpassed in every single way," he said. "I guarantee it."
More from Musk's AI debate with Jack Ma:
- Elon Musk says the difference between human intellect and AI is comparable to the difference between chimpanzees and humans
- Elon Musk and Jack Ma fight about AI and Mars, but agree that 'love is the answer'