Elon Musk and Michio Kaku are both generally excited about the future, but what happens when someone asks two of the smartest men in the world what could possibly go wrong? Musk and Kaku start talking about population implosion, weaponized viruses, killer AI robots, nuclear meltdowns, and Planet X.
Both Elon Musk and Michio Kaku have concerns about potential threats to Earth and mankind in the future. Still, Elon Musk and Michio Kaku remain optimistic.
Elon Musk feels the single greatest threat to humanity is weaponized artificial intelligence. Elon Musk is also worried about population implosion.
Despite his usual brave face, Michio Kaku admits he’s got a host of concerns, including the possibility that Planet X could hit Earth. Michio Kaku also worries that in the future, high school children could create a killer designer virus or simply replicate the Spanish flu as a science fair project.
Elon Musk Is Concerned About Demographic Implosion
For most experts, the last word was an impending population explosion. However, Elon Musk is speaking out about the opposite possibility after reading an article in New Scientist titled “The world in 2017: The population bomb has imploded.”
Elon Musk replied in a tweet, expressing dire concern, according to Business Insider.
“The world’s population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care.”
Elon Musk believes demographic implosion is a real threat. It’s interesting to think that people like Elon Musk and Michio Kaku can get their feathers ruffled by reading articles just like most ordinary people, but demographic implosion has inspired some dialog from Elon Musk.
The article that caught Elon Musk’s attention says the population in European and far eastern countries is dropping rapidly due to an aging population and significantly lowered birthrates. While Africa continues to reproduce, despite harder living conditions, the rest of the world is reportedly in a serious deficit, and Elon Musk is concerned.
Germany and Italy could see their populations cut in half in 60 years. Japan complains of an “epidemic of virginity,” according to the New Scientist, as their fertility rate drops to 1.4 children per woman. The United Nations continues to predict increasing population growth, but Elon Musk strongly disagrees.
Michio Kaku Says The Planet X Asteroid Could Hit With The Force of 100,000 Hiroshima Nuclear Bombs
If Michio Kaku’s concerns prove true, Elon Musk’s concerns about demographic implosion may not matter. An asteroid the size of the Rose Bowl will make a near pass by Earth in 2029, even passing under the satellites, but that isn’t what Michio Kaku is worried about.
Michio Kaku says the asteroid will return again on Friday, April 13, 2036, and come even closer. It could strike Earth. It would strike with the force of 100,000 nuclear bombs, resulting in firestorms and meteors, according to Michio Kaku, if it hits. Thankfully, the odds are still against that.
Perhaps Elon Musk could assist in coming up with a plan to deflect this meteor. Russian Scientists are already working on a solution to this potential threat that would cause complete devastation for 500 to 1,000 miles and possibly change Earth’s orbit according to Michio Kaku.
Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Is A Threat — Are We “Summoning A Demon?”
Elon Musk and Michio Kaku are both concerned about the possible threats artificial intelligence could pose to the world. While Michio Kaku feels that people overestimate the potential for true human intelligence in robots, both Elon Musk and Michio Kaku conceded that isn’t really the issue.
Michio Kaku has said AI devices or robots should have a kill switch or emergency shut-off switch. Michio Kaku doesn’t believe artificial intelligence will match that of humans for quite some time, but Elon Musk is deeply concerned.
Elon Musk goes further, urging for legislation against weaponizing robots, on both a national and international level, before AI leads to World War III. Elon Musk is quoted on the Daily Dot.
“I’m increasingly inclined to think there should be some regulatory oversight at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.”
While Elon Musk and Michio Kaku are both concerned about AI, Michio Kaku is concerned robots and AI software will replace human workers, while Elon Musk’s concerns are far more visceral.
Elon Musk is quoted by the Daily Dot as follows.
“AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization, in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs, or bad food were not, Once developed, [autonomous weapons] will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.”
Nuclear Meltdowns Are A Perpetual Risk
While Elon Musk sees Artificial Intelligence and AI robot soldiers as a tremendous future threat, Michio Kaku looks toward a more commonplace threat. Michio Kaku’s concerns about nuclear fission are presented in the Inquisitr article, “Michio Kaku On Fukushima 2017: ‘Nuclear Fission Is A Faustian Bargain.'”
“The future of Nuclear fission is a Faustian bargain. Faust was the mythical figure who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited power. Nations like Japan who have no coal or oil are reaching for this Faustian bargain.”
Michio Kaku says “a nuclear meltdown is forever.” Further, in light of Chernobyl and Fukushima, one can hardly say it’s impossible or even unlikely that more of these events will occur in the future if mankind continues to rely on nuclear energy.
Perhaps that is why Elon Musk is busily replacing current systems of electricity generation with clean, renewable solar energy. Elon Musk’s giant-sized lithium-ion batteries make it possible to store energy captured by solar panels to be used later. This breakthrough makes solar energy feasible.
Michio Kaku Is Concerned That Weaponizing A Virus Is Too Easy
Michio Kaku is concerned about the potential for the weaponizing of viruses, and even the genetic modification of viruses to make them more virulent. Michio Kaku is also concerned that genetic modification of viruses is getting too easy.
Michio Kaku believes that in the future, one may not only have to worry about governments creating superbugs, but also the possibility that any precocious teen could create one for a science fair project.
Michio Kaku And Elon Musk Are Both Concerned About Global Warming
Michio Kaku has explained his concerns about global warming and the potential for rising sea levels. For more information on Michio Kaku’s global flooding concerns, see this article from the Inquisitr.
While Michio Kaku speaks of losing New Orleans and Manhattan to rising sea levels, Elon Musk has a plan to combat global warming. Elon Musk is doing a lot for the environment, with his Tesla electric self-driven cars, as well as vast solar farms that store solar energy inside the Tesla lithium-ion batteries Elon Musk designed.
Elon Musk even has a home-sized lithium-ion battery that is becoming more affordable with time.
Michio Kaku says, however, that it’s possible pollution is not the only factor in global warming. Even if it is, Michio Kaku is aware it could be too late to change the trend toward warmer temperatures, at least for a while.
Elon Musk and Michio Kaku keep going, though. Even though Elon and Michio are smart enough to know the full potential of dangers facing mankind, Elon Musk and Michio Kaku have not given up and retreated to their bomb shelters. Yes, the world is a dangerous place, but hasn’t it always been?
Elon Musk and Michio Kaku both believe that even with multiple threats like weaponized viruses, Planet X asteroid strikes, killer AI robots, and various nuclear threats, the odds are in mankind’s favor. It is likely that mankind has a bright future, according to Michio Kaku, and Elon Musk is busily planning to take earthlings to Mars.
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Both Elon Musk and Michio Kaku make it clear, at least most of the time, that they are optimistic about the future of mankind.
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