Elon Musk just said on CNBC something I’d been thinking about a lot:
“If we do get to this sort of magic genie situation, where you can ask the AI for anything. And let’s say, even if it’s a benign scenario… How do we actually find fulfillment? How do we find meaning in life? If the AI could do your job better than you can?”
That’s when I thought about us: the high-talent, high-IQ, high-conscientiousness, make-stuff-happen, health-be-dammed, contribute-to-society people. The artists and the scientists and the builders of the world. The ones who don’t just take and consume from the planet to make someone jealous on social media.
He continued: “If I think about it too hard, it frankly can be dispiriting and demotivating. Because I go through… I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into building the companies…
And then I’m like ‘Should I be doing this?’ because if I’m sacrificing time with friends and family, that I’d prefer to just… But then ultimately the AI can do all these things? Does that make sense? I don’t know!
To some extent, I have to have a deliberate suspension of disbelief in order to remain motivated.”
Ouch. How do _you_ stay on course without lying to yourself? 😕
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