A deep dive into the history of OpenAI reveals surprising details about one of the firm's former co-founders, Elon Musk.
During a tour of SpaceX's headquarters, Musk boasted about his plans to take humanity to Mars to escape global overpopulation and other issues.
According to Noor Al-Sibai's report for Futurism on December 6, 2023, Musk was dumbfounded when another would-be artificial intelligence (AI) guru pointed out a basic flaw in his much-hyped plan to colonize Mars.
As reported by The New York Times, based on dozens of interviews, Google DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis and Musk began discussing the Red Planet soon after their first meeting in 2012 at a conference organized by their shared investor, PayPal's infamous founder Peter Thiel.
Hassabis was adept at convincing wealthy individuals to fund his dream of creating artificial general intelligence (AGI), and his interaction with Musk was no different.
During a tour of SpaceX's headquarters, Musk boasted about his plans to take humanity to Mars to escape global overpopulation and other issues. Hassabis agreed, with one caveat: if AI surpassed human intelligence, it could easily follow humans off-planet and pose a threat on Mars as well.
Per The New York Times' reporting, Musk was "speechless," apparently having not considered that Earthbound problems could simply follow humans to Mars.
This exchange, recounted by Hassabis to Musk biographer Walter Isaacson, is surprising not only because it's amusing to imagine the notorious tycoon at a loss for words but also because it highlights another flaw in his long-standing dream to colonize Mars.