Dictatorship is nothing new to the world. But every dictator in the past has seen their end. But what if the artificial intelligence takes over? Well, Tesla co-founder, Elon Musk has an opinion on this. Elon Musk believes that in the age of AI, humans can create "an immortal dictator from which we would never escape." Musk can be seen saying this in the latest documentary called "Do You Trust This Computer?"
It's filmmaker Chris Paine's latest, who met Elon Musk while making 2006's Who Killed The Electric Car? Paine chose to explore the artificial intelligence this time around, something Elon Musk has been very vocal about. In 2017, Musk warned that AI could be responsible for World War III. Later he also suggested the government to regulate the technology as it could be "the greatest risk we face as a civilization."
In the latest documentary, Musk mentions a terrorizing possibility: The AI built by authoritarian governments could outlive individual leaders or parties, building a permanent state of domination. Considering Russia is already using algorithms to weaken democracies, and China has plans to launch a Social Credit System that will monitor the citizens by 2020, this doesn't seem unreal.
Elon Musk also paid for the documentary to be free on Vimeo for the whole weekend. "It's a very important subject," he said at the film's premiere in Los Angeles. "It's going to affect our lives in ways we can't even imagine right now."
Elon Musk also recently removed the company Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX, in favor of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scenario, joining former Facebook users in the protest.
Musk, in a Twitter exchange with a BuzzFeed reporter, said that he "didn't realize" SpaceX had a Facebook page and Tesla's page "looked lame anyway." Both company pages were taken down soon. Although Elon Musk did remove the pages from Facebook, he believes that Instagram is ok as long as it works independently.
The news came a week after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a British company associated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, retained private data from 50 million Facebook users while claiming to have deleted it. Many users and politicians in response and even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are calling it a 'breach of trust.'