Elon Musk says are we building a real life skynet, he has said it’s like summoning a demon like they do in horror films, thinking they can control it, but they never can. I’ve read comments saying we’re a thousand years off, these are about 990 years wrong, the military is 30-50 years ahead of consumer electronics etc. Elon Musk has spoken out against artificial intelligence (AI), declaring it the most serious threat to the survival of the human race. Musk made the comments to students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during an interview at the AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, talking about computer science, AI, space exploration and the colonisation of Mars. “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful,” said Musk. “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.” ‘Summoning the demon’ The technology entrepreneur is often likened to a real-life Tony Stark from Marvel’s Iron Man comics for his role in cutting-edge companies including Space X, a privateer space exploration company that holds the first private contracts from Nasa for resupply of the International Space Station, and the electric car company Tesla.