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Elon Axios Interview: How Model 3 Production Disaster Almost Driven Tesla, The Massive AI Threshold, And Moving To Mars

Cars Published on November 26, 2018 |by Steve Hanley November 26, 2018 by Steve Hanley On Sunday evening, an Axi's…


Published on November 26, 2018 |
by Steve Hanley

November 26, 2018 by Steve Hanley

On Sunday evening, an Axi’s interview with Elon Musk was broadcast on HBO. If you do not have an HBO subscription, you may want to get one. It’s as the phrase goes, “appoint television.” That is, it offers programs for good to miss. But if you did, then there are three removals from the program.

How Model 3 Was Almost Died Tesla

Earlier this year Musk Axios began when Tesla began to ramp up production of Model 3.] The company came within a few weeks of going out of business. Tesla “encountered a serious threat of death. In essence, the company blew money crazy and just … if we did not solve these problems in a very short time we would die. And it was extremely difficult to solve them.” Asked how close to the company came to close, Musk replied, “I would say within one-off weeks.”

Musical notes of living, sleeping and eating at the factory during the stressful time have become a joke on the internet, but Musk says there was nothing joking for him personally. “I was in the color shop, body shop … end of [the] line where we stop checking out of vehicles,” he said. “I personally redesigned the entire battery pack’s production line and ran it for three weeks. Pretty intensive.”

“I think what many people do not understand is that I’m like the chief engineer so. I actually run the rocket launch and lead the construction of vehicles and production Nineteen percent of my day is spent on technology and production.

“Nobody should spend this many hours in your work. This is not good. People should not work so hard. This is very painful. It hurts, it hurts the brain and my heart. It hurts. … There were times when I worked literally 120 hours. This is not recommended for anyone. I did it just because if I did not, [there was a] would have good chance Tesla dö.

The existential threats of artificial intelligence

When the subject turned to artificial intelligence, Musk’s remarks drew a gloomy tone. “My belief in humanity has been a bit shaken this year. But I’m still pro-humanity. We are like children in a playground. … We do not pay attention. We worry more about … what name someone called someone else than if AI will destroy humanity. It’s crazy. “

He worries that AI will soon surpass human intelligence, making people subordinate to digital masters. AI is” just digital intelligence, “he sums up.” As the algorithms and hardware improve, digital intelligence will exceed the biological intelligence with a significant margin. It is obvious. “

” When a species of primate homo sapiens became much smarter than other primates, it shot all the others into a very small habitat, “Musk said.” So there are very few mountain gorillas and orangutans and chimpanzees – monkeys in general. They occupy little corners of the world – cages, zoos. Even the jungles they are in are defined narrowly as being big cages. So, you know, it’s a possible result for us. “

Musk has founded Neuralink, a company that works to find ways to connect the human brain with computers, which he sees as a way to prevent pure AI from dominating human race. Neuralink consists of about 85 of the” highest per capita intelligence “engineers ever assembled.” The long-term aspiration with Neuralink would be to achieve a symbiosis of artificial intelligence. To achieve some kind of democratization of intelligence, so that it is not monopolistically held in a purely digital form by governments and large companies. “

What is he talking about exactly? An” electrode-to-neuron interface at micro level – a chip and a bunch of small threads implanted in your skull. I think this can be done – it’s probably on orders of a decade. “

In one way, we are already half way to such a reality, Musk says.” And by the way, you have this in a strange way. You have a digital tertiary layer in the form of your phone, your computers, your watch. You basically have these computers that form a tertiary layer on your cognition already. “

One of the first applications for technology could help people with spinal cord injuries.” We already know how to do this. Implant the electrodes in the brain’s motor cortex, then circumvent the secluded part of the spine and effectively have local microcontrols close to the muscle groups. It can restore the full limb function. When people grow older, they lose their memory – incredibly sad to have a mother forget their children, and it can also be solved. “

Then the conversation became darker.” You can make a swarm of killer drones for too little money. By just taking my face I.D. chip used in cell phones, and has a small explosive charge and a standard drone, and only has to do a cleaning of the building until they find the person they are looking for, ram into them and explode. You can do it right now. No new technology needed. “

Even scare at Musk is AI’s ability to influence the election process, something America should be careful about as the revelations of Facebook and the 2016 presidential election continue to emerge. He warns us of the AI’s power to create” extremely effective propaganda. .. affect the direction of society … influence choices. “It may delete a message by looking at online feedback and responding to news and then making the message” a bit better within milliseconds. “

The government is largely blind to the threat , says Musk and hopelessly behind in his weak attempt to control AI. “The way in which the regulation is introduced is slow and linear. And we face an exponential threat. If you have a linear response to an exponential threat, it’s quite likely that the exponential threat will win. It’s in a nutshell, the problem is.

Is Mars A Escape Hatch For The Rich?

Musk told Axios There’s a 70% chance He’ll be one of the people who travel to Mars on board a SpaceX rocket in the future. He believes the first trip can happen within 7 years. A ticket to Mars can cost as little as “a few hundred thousand dollars”, a sum that suggests will make Mars one “escape luck” for rich people as the earth warms to the point where it can no longer maintain human life. [19659009] Musk scoffs at that idea. “Your likelihood of dying on Mars is much higher than the Earth. Actually, the ad to go to Mars would be like Shackleton’s ad to go to Antarctica. It will be difficult. There is a good chance of dying, going into a small cage through deep space. “

When somebody arrives there will not be a leisure time, lie by the pool and eat chocolate.” You will work nonstop to build the base. So, you know, not much time for leisure. And even after doing all this, it’s a very tough environment. So there is a good chance you die there. We think you can come back, but we’re not sure. Now does it sound like a flight hatch for rich people? “

So why go?” There are many people climbing mountains. People die all the time on Mount Everest. They like to do it for the challenge. “

It is fair to say that Elon Musk is not risk-neutral. In fact, he seems to thrive at risk, feeding it and then actively looking for more. The appetite to ski up and sometimes over the edge is what separates him from normal mortals. And that can be the factor that allows Musk to save us from ourselves, even if there is no guarantee, something can prevent people from selling seeds from their own destruction and revel in the process. [19659008]

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Tags: AI, Artificial Intelligence, Axios, Elon Musk, Exploding Drones, MARS, Production Hell, SpaceX, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model 3 Production, Tesla Production Hell

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