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Computers will surpass us "in every way"



Elon Musk (R) and Jack Ma talk on stage during World Artificial Intelligence Conference in China August 29, 2019.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday said that computers are becoming smarter than humans in more and more areas, and that the trend will continue.

"We will be far, far exceeded in every way. I guarantee it," Musk told Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.

The comments highlight an evolving landscape of technology, including artificial intelligence, tapping an area of ​​technology companies to improve their products and sell to businesses.

Musk pointed to advances in chess and the Chinese board game Go as evidence of progress in AI.

"Your cell phone could literally crush the world champion for chess," Musk told Ma.

He talked about how Neuralink technology in the future, a startup he was co-founding, could give people a way to increase their skills in certain subjects. The company seeks to draw on AI to increase people's cognitive abilities with brain-machine interface. However, the company is not there yet.

"The first thing we should assume is that we are very dumb," he said. "We can definitely do things smarter than ourselves."

Ma had a different view, suggesting that a computer has never spawned a human, or even a mosquito.

"I have never in my life, especially [in the] in the last two years, when people talk about AI, humans will be controlled by machines," he said. "I've never thought of that. It's impossible."

And Ma said he didn't want to play chess or go against a machine. These games were designed for people to play against each other, he said.

"I would love to see two computers fight each other," Ma added.

The Tesla boss has previously talked about AI. In 201

7, he suggested that competition between nations in AI could lead to World War II.

Tesla has sought to do more in AI. Musk revealed that Tesla was working on a custom AI chip in 2017, and last month he said the carmaker would "most likely" start retrofitting older vehicles with the chips by the end of 2019.

In 2015 Musk was founded by OpenAI as a AI research nonprofit. He left the board last year. He said in a tweet earlier this year that OpenAI and Tesla sometimes tried to hire the same people, and that he and OpenAI didn't always look eye to eye.

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