Elon Musk warns AI will be 'best or worst thing for humanity' and recommends book to prepare for it

The billionaire tech entrepreneur has already issued several warnings about the risks associated with AI.

Elon Musk recommends book to prepare for the 'best and worst' of AIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Contributor / Getty

Elon Musk has recommended a book to prepare for a future dominated by the power of artificial intelligence.

As global leaders continue the debate over artificial intelligence and the looming threat it poses, Elon Musk has a pro tip. The billionaire tech entrepreneur who is keen on building artificial intelligence for a better, safer future has recommended a book on the subject: Life 3.0: Being Human In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence.

Written by MIT physicist Max Tegmark, the book provides an insight into a future with artificial intelligence and how it will change every aspect of humanity. Musk tweeted on Tuesday that it is "worth reading".


Tegmark, who also studies global catastrophic risks with a special focus on AI, spoke to Verge about Life 3.0. According to him, it will be a life where machines break evolutionary shackles and do things humans are not capable of achieving for themselves. For instance, a smart AI would not only design its software to learn new things but would also swap in upgraded hardware to improve its computing capabilities and learn more.

Musk, a supporter of companies like Neuralink and OpenAI, aims to use AI for the benefit of humanity but has also issued a number of warnings regarding the possible risks associated with super intelligence. In August, he noted that AI poses "more risk than North Korea," while in July he called the subject a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization," at a gathering of governors.

Considering the consequences, Musk has also called for a ban on the use of AI-powered autonomous weapons, or "killer robots". In a letter to the United Nations, Musk and 115 other tech experts have warned, that "lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare".

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