BILL GATES has told readers of his latest Ask Me Anything chat on Reddit that he shares Elon 'INQ got flamed by one of my fans last week' Musk's fears that we're going to be eaten alive by killer robots.
The Microsoft founder has joined Musk and Prof Stephen Hawking in warning of the dangers of rogue AI, and goes so far as to question the wisdom of anyone who isn't bricking it.
"I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well," Gates said.
"A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned."
Unlike Musk, Gates has yet to put his money where his concern is, preferring to deal with real problems like malaria and clean water, but he is another influential figure to warn that cack-handed development of AI could be the death of us.
The news comes in the same week that Microsoft Research chief Eric Horvitz said in an online video that the idea of robot war Armageddon is frankly poppycock.
"I fundamentally don't think that's going to happen." he said. "I think that we will be very proactive in terms of how we field AI systems, and that in the end we'll be able to get incredible benefits from machine intelligence in all realms of life, from science to education to economics to daily life."
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Reddit chat Gates talked about drinking filtered human poo, stating that it tastes "just like drinking any other kind of water, except that people get a little freaked out by the whole idea".
The first prototype of his poo-water machine is being shipped to Senegal later this year.
Gates also admitted that he wished he had learned a foreign language, that the Microsoft Hololens is impressive (although he shied away from discussing whether it was 'cool') and that he is working with his former company on something called Personal Agent.
This, he said, will "remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to".
It has shades of a Black Mirror episode, which is a lot more scary than killer AI robots, if you ask us. µ
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