Musk’s goal with xAI is to develop an artificial general intelligence capable of surpassing human intellect, enabling a deeper understanding of the universe’s fundamental mysteries, such as dark matter, dark energy, and gravity.
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Moreover, Musk believes that this advanced AI could potentially provide insights into the Fermi paradox, which questions the absence of contact or evidence of technologically advanced extraterrestrial life.
The Fermi paradox, named after Enrico Fermi, the renowned physicist who pondered this conundrum, arises from the statistical likelihood of encountering intelligent alien civilizations.
Fermi famously exclaimed, “Where is everybody?” upon contemplating a New Yorker cartoon depicting aliens disembarking from a spaceship.
Musk has been captivated by this enigma for years, exploring possible explanations for the lack of conclusive proof of alien existence.
Enrico Fermi speculated that any civilization possessing even moderate rocket technology and an insatiable drive for expansion could swiftly colonize the entire galaxy.
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NASA’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute explains that within a few tens of millions of years, such a civilization could establish dominance over every star system, leading Fermi to question the absence of alien visitors on Earth.
Various hypotheses have emerged to address the Fermi paradox. One suggests that advanced civilizations, similar to ours, may have relied on fossil fuels, ultimately leading to their self-destruction before they could establish contact with other species.
Another proposal posits that extraterrestrial civilizations may reside within the interiors of planets, rather than being easily observable from the exterior.
A third notion suggests that aliens, considering humans as intellectually inferior, may simply have no desire to communicate, embodying what is known as “The Great Indifference.”
Musk’s fascination with the Fermi paradox stems from his deep concern that humanity might be the sole beacon of intelligent life in the vast expanse of the universe.
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He expressed this concern in a tweet from 2018, stating, “This is why we must preserve the light of consciousness by becoming a spacefaring civilization & extending life to other planets.”
Representatives for Musk’s company did not immediately respond to SurgeZirc SA’s request for comment.