Elon Musk has warned that ‘advanced AI’ could poison social media
- Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday that if “advanced AI” hasn’t already been used to manipulate social media, it will be soon.
- Musk was unclear what he meant by “advanced AI,” but described it as “beyond basic bots.”
- Musk speaks from some experience — his Twitter account is frequently impersonated by bot accounts attempting to scam unsuspecting users.
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Elon Musk is well-known for his decidedly pessimistic views on Artificial Intelligence. In the past he has predicted that the advent of an AI superintelligence could end up turning human beings into an endangered species like the mountain gorilla.
On Wednesday however Musk sounded the AI alarm a little closer to the present day, warning that Artificial Intelligence could
“If advanced AI (beyond basic bots) hasn’t been applied to manipulate social media, it won’t be long before it is,” he tweeted. He added that swarms of bots on social media need to be closely examined.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2019
The Tesla CEO was unspecific as to what he meant by “advanced AI” and exactly what kind of manipulation he was talking about. However, his reference to bot armies “evolving rapidly” could indicate that he fears AI could be used to make bot accounts more convincing or effecti