As he explains it, today's average machine is capable of communicating millions, if not trillions of bits per second. If we invent a technology smarter than ourselves, isn't that kind of it for us poor, biologically limited humans? Through this futuristic technology, Musk said human brains can soon achieve "symbiosis with machines". In response to a question about why he's digging a tunnel near SpaceX's Los Angeles headquarters, Musk said the answer was "a secret" before laying out his vision of an underground future.
With automation, Musk says there will be "fewer and fewer jobs" that machines can not do better than us.
Musk said governments must pay close attention to artificial intelligence, create sustainable transport and be wary of mass unemployment. Current deployments of AI are quite limited in that they can only perform one or two tasks adequately-drive a auto, lift a piece of steel, flip a burger-but AI research is slowly bubbling towards artificial general intelligence (AGI), which can ostensibly perform every task that a human is capable of.
With an industry leading NEDC range of up to 632 km, Tesla's award-winning Model S is designed from the ground up to be the safest, most exhilarating auto on the road. In March of last year, President Obama warned Congress about the looming threat of job loss, based on several reports that found as many as 50% of jobs could get replaced by robots by the year 2030.
"My guess is that in probably 10 years it will be very unusual for cars to be built that are not fully autonomous", he said, before touting the Tesla HW2 hardware package, which could feasibly provide full Level 5 autonomy right now. "That is going to happen much faster than people realize and it's going to be a great convenience", CNBC quoted Musk as saying.
"I think [driving] might be the single largest employer of people". Driving in various forms. "So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick", Musk said.
Musk's seemingly pessimistic outlook is not at odds with the optimism of his own work, but a reasoned prediction of what could come to be if human oversight is not at the heart of artificial intelligence progress. "I don't think we're going to have a choice", said Musk, adding that there will be "fewer and fewer jobs that a robot can not do better".