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Tech billionaire believes robots will reduce us to the role of a 'house cat'

And that’s the good scenario.

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ELON MUSK, THE founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has thoughts about the direction robots and artificial intelligence (AI) is going to progress, and it isn’t good news for people.

Speaking at the Code Conference in California, Musk said that even in the “benign scenario”, advancements in robotics and AI would make robots so intelligent, humans would eventually be at the same level as a pet.

“If you assume any rate of advancement in AI, we will be left behind by a lot,” he said. “If you have optimal intelligent AI, we’d be so far below them in intelligence that it we would be a pet basically. Like a house cat”.

That would be the benign scenario.

Alongside that, Musk also talked about how people are effectively cyborgs thanks to smartphones and the internet making up a significant proportion of our lives.

“We’re already a cyborg. You have a digital version of yourself, a partial version of yourself online in the form of your emails, your social media, and all the things that you do”.

You have basically superpowers with your phone and the applications that are there. You have more power than the president of the United States had 20 years ago. You can answer any question, you can video conference anyone anywhere, you can send a message to millions of people instantly, just do incredible things.

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