Elon Musk shares his terrifying vision of ‘assassin drones’

Elon Musk shares his terrifying vision of ‘assassin drones’

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Elon Musk, in a ranging interview aired on Sunday night on “Axios on HBO,” talked about how Tesla TSLA, +6.19%  was “bleeding money like crazy” and almost went under earlier this year.

But the chat took a darker turn when he started talking about the scary future — and present — of artificial intelligence:

‘You could make a swarm of assassin drones for very little money. By just taking the face I.D. chip that’s used in cell phones, and having a small explosive charge and a standard drone, and just have it do a grid sweep of the building until they find the person they’re looking for, ram into them and explode. You could do that right now… No new technology is needed.’

For fans of the British television series, “Black Mirror,” that frightening, and perhaps all-too-realistic, scenario has to sound familiar.

In “Hated in the Nation,” the critically acclaimed sixth and final episode of the third series, people targeted across social media were murdered by swarming bee drones. Here’s a trailer to give you an idea:

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Black Mirror: Hated in the Nation (Fan Trailer)

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So, in order to overcome the “existential threat” posed by artificial intelligence, Musk says we must merge with machines. To that end, he founded a company called Neuralink with designs on achieving human-AI symbiosis.

Musk told Axios that he’ll do that with an “electrode-to-neuron interface at a micro level” — “a chip and a bunch of tiny wires” that will be “implanted in your skull.” He said he believes this is possible within a decade.

“And by the way, you kind of have this already in a weird way: You have a digital tertiary layer in the form of your phone, your computers, your watch,” Musk explained in the interview. “You basically have these computing devices that form a tertiary layer on your cognition already.”

Watch this clip from the interview for more on that:

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Merging AI & Man: Elon Musk’s Vision for The Future | AXIOS on HBO

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