The evolution of AI is still in its infancy, but people like Elon Musk are hopeful it’ll evolve into sentients with consciences some day. Musk believes that AI will ultimately help humanity solve the riddle of existence and the many questions that have plagued homo sapiens since the dawn of humanity, from Aristotle (through Kierkegaard to Sam Harris, to the Cosmic Skeptic), to the auto-wallahs who seem to have a higher IQ than our policymakers. An X/Twitter user posed 14 questions ranging from the WHY of existence to the WHAT of the world’s structure and the CAN of our quest to be eternal. Responding to the post, Musk remarked that perhaps AI can answer some of these fundamental questions. He quipped that this is the goal of his AI venture, xAI. But first, it’ll have to scrape and train on your data. No?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2023
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While the current lot of LLM based AI can’t solve cosmological musings for us, they are certainly adept at solving critical problems that are beyond our human capabilities. From solving protein structures to discovering new molecules to fathoming complex equations and solving marketing problems, AI is deemed its creator’s best pal but also the worst nightmare. Skeptics have long been concerned about superintelligent AI going rogue and turning terminators IRL. Soon the foremost minds in the AI industry, along with tech titans like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and others, will assemble to mull over all things AI. Hopefully, it doesn’t end with coffee, cookies, and platitudes. Hopefully they discuss SKYNET.
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