Elon Musk Warns: AI to Surpass Human Intelligence Sooner Than Expected

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.10 - 2024 10:41 AM CET

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Photo: Frederic Legrand - CAMEO / Shutterstock.com
In a recent interview, Elon Musk delivered a stark forecast about artificial intelligence.

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Elon Musk, the innovative entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, has reignited the conversation on artificial intelligence (AI) with a striking forecast.

In an interview on Monday, 8 April, on X, Musk claimed that AI is set to outpace human intelligence sooner than anticipated.

Artificial General Intelligence: A Near Reality

While discussing the future of AI with Nicolai Tangen, CEO of Norway's wealth fund, Musk predicted, “If you define AGI (artificial general intelligence) as smarter than the smartest human, I think it’s probably next year, within two years.”

This projection suggests the emergence of AGI is alarmingly imminent, mirroring the concerns once expressed by the esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking regarding AI's unchecked expansion.

The Development of Grok by xAI

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been working on the next version of Grok, an AI chatbot developed by his startup, xAI. He pointed out that obstacles such as the shortage of electricity and advanced chips are impeding progress.

Musk expects the training for Grok's version 2 model to be completed by May.

He revealed that about 20,000 Nvidia H100 graphics processing units (GPUs) were necessary to train the Grok 2 model. Musk also mentioned that for the Grok 3 model and any future iterations, approximately 100,000 Nvidia H100 chips would be required.

In addition, the owner of Twitter shared his views on the electric vehicle sector, commending Chinese electric car manufacturers as “the most competitive in the world” and identifying them as presenting the “toughest competitive challenges” to his business.

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