This week in AI, we're taking a closer look at Elon Musk's vision for the future, dominated by Artificial Intelligence. From AI regulations, automated drones, generative AI in education, to Musk's various AI-focused business ventures, we are on the brink of an AI revolution.
AI in the spotlight this week
This week has been a whirlwind in the realm of AI. The Pentagon seems to be developing AI drones, which is, quite frankly, something out of a sci-fi movie. OpenAI, a company co-founded by Elon Musk, admitted that its AI text detectors aren't quite up to scratch yet. Amid growing concerns of AI-fueled political manipulation, Google has announced that any political ads hosted on its platforms must disclose whether they used AI. A noteworthy effort, but will it solve the problem? Moreover, UNESCO, the United Nations agency focused on education, culture, and the arts, is urging governments to regulate generative AI in schools. It seems they've noticed the negative impact of AI tools like ChatGPT on academic integrity.
Elon Musk's vision for AGI
Elon Musk, known for his adventurous and often eccentric business ventures, is believed by many, including his new biographer Walter Isaacson, to be working towards a future dominated by Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). The concept of AGI relates to the singularity, a hypothesized future where AI surpasses human cognitive ability. Musk's diverse business ventures, such as Neuralink, Tesla's Optimus, and a neural-network-training supercomputer called Dojo, according to Musk himself, are all part of a larger plan to achieve AGI. Only time will tell if Musk's futuristic vision comes to fruition.
Musk's new startup and the dream of AGI
Adding to his portfolio of tech investments, Musk recently launched a new startup, xAI. This venture, according to Isaacson, might be a crucial part of Musk's broader scheme to create a major AI corporation. The plan might involve integrating his various businesses, including xAI and the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, into a large entity pushing technological boundaries. Critics, however, argue that Musk's dream of AGI is still a long way off, and his vision of becoming the techno-messiah who ushers in the robot revolution remains purely speculative at this point.
In an interview this week, Michael Brooks, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, voiced concerns about the nascent Robotaxi industry. He pointed out the potential road hazards of self-driving cars and the industry's attempts to control policy at the state level. He also mentioned the significant political differences between cities and states and the potential fleeting power that states believe they have right now. The conversation highlights the ongoing debate surrounding the safety, regulation, and necessity of autonomous vehicles.