Elon Musk Cryptically Said Humanity’s Future Was Controlled by [Redacted]

Redact This In a cache of emails it leaked, OpenAI has revealed a lot about cofounder Elon Musk’s thoughts about monetizing artificial intelligence — and one redacted exchange in particular is raising eyebrows. Sent in late 2018, which was per the company’s stated timeline months after Musk left the firm due to disagreements about monetization, the email sees the multi-hyphenate billionaire browbeating fellow co-founders Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, and Ilya Sutskever for not trying to raise money his way. “My probability assessment of OpenAI being relevant to DeepMind/Google without a dramatic change in execution and resources is 0%. Not 1%,” Musk wrote. “I wish it were otherwise.” “Unfortunately,” he continued, “humanity’s future is in the hands of [REDACTED].” After another completely redacted sentence, Musk adds that “they,” whoever they are, “are doing a lot more than this.” Two more redacted lines and the Tesla and SpaceX owner adds that he “really hope[s]” he’s wrong and signs off, leaving those of us reading the censored versions of the exchange to speculate about who, exactly, he was talking about. Hybrid Theories The obvious answer, as folks on Reddit pointed out, is either “Google,” “Demis” or “Larry,” referencing DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis or former Google CEO and erstwhile Musk friend Larry Page — both of whom have made public and private comments about how AI will impact humanity and its future. Though Musk has sparred plenty with Page, don’t discount Hassabis as a candidate. In 2018, not only was OpenAI years away from…Elon Musk Cryptically Said Humanity’s Future Was Controlled by [Redacted]

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