Twitter CEO Elon Musk was not messing around when he spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the dangers that the surge in artificial intelligence seen in our daily lives could bring to society.
“What is happening is that they’re training the AI to lie,” Musk said to Carlson during the Apr. 17 broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight. He claimed AI is intentionally being taught to “either comment on some things, not comment on other things, but not to say what the data actually demands that it say.”
At one point, Carlson asked Musk to weigh in on the possibility of AI seizing control and reaching a point where it is making consequential decisions for people with no ability to be shut off.
“Absolutely,” answered Musk.
Some media outlets did not take kindly to the correspondence between Musk and Carlson, including The Washington Post, which published a piece of the exchange titled, “Tucker Carlson and Elon Musk team up on misleading Fox viewers.”
During the interview, Musk reportedly explained that he is “worried about the fact that it’s being trained to be politically correct, which is simply another way of saying untruthful things.”
“There’s certainly a path to AI dystopia, it is to train an AI to be deceptive,” he argued. “So yeah, I’m going to start something which I call TruthGPT, or a maximum truth seeking AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe.”
Other revelations include Musk’s assertion that the U.S. government had the ability to enter the private messages of any user on the platform.
“The degree to which various government agencies had effectively had full access to everything that was going on at Twitter blew my mind,” Musk revealed. “I was not aware of that.”
The tech mogul put former Google CEO Larry Page on blast, pointing out that Google had a virtual monopoly on AI technology for years and stating that the then-CEO did not appear “to care about [AI] safety.”
He then said that Page aspired to create a “digital God, if you will, as soon as possible.”
Musk says he reacted by noting that humanity must be put on top and made sure to be okay, only for Larry to counter that he is a “speciest.”
WATCH: Elon Musk says Google co-founder Larry Page sought to build a "digital God, if you will, as soon as possible."
"I said, 'we got to make sure humanity is OK here' and then he called me a 'Speciest,'" Musk said. pic.twitter.com/a4F8AF6GFA
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