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2/14/2017 by mdc
Dom Galeon reports that Elon Musk had the chance to share his thoughts on universal basic income (UBI) at the World Government Summit in Dubai. At the Summit, Musk had the opportunity to talk about the future, and the challenges the world will face in the next hundred years, including artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and the job displacement expected to come with it.

When asked about the challenges civilization is set to face in the near future, Musk discusses deep artificial intelligence, or artificial general intelligence, where you can have artificial intelligence that is much smarter than the smartest human on Earth. This is a dangerous situation. Musk thinks that we need to be very careful in how we adopt artificial intelligence and that we make sure that researchers do not get carried away.

Sometimes what will happen is a scientist will get so engrossed in their work that they do not really realize the ramifications of what they are doing.... but the genie is out of the bottle already...

Musk also relayed concerns that autonomous technology will impact jobs. 20 years is a short period of time to have something like 12 to 15% of the workforce be unemployed, he said, pointing out the extent of how automation will disrupt car-based transportation.

Displacement due to automation is not just limited to transportation. Musk suggests that the government must introduce a UBI program in order to compensate for this. He does not think we are going to have a choice. He thinks it is going to be necessary. There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot can do better.

As the UBI discussion continues, various nations and institutions have already begun their own pilot programs to test the model. In a couple of years or less, there might be enough data from these experiments for us to consider just how effective a solution to unemployment UBI is.

The Neural Lace between humans and AI is a concept that has been a staple of science fiction ... but no longer.

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