Elon Musk: Self-Driving Car Revolution Will Leave 15% Of World Population Without Jobs

(MARKET WATCH) The future of the driverless car is much closer than people realize, Elon Musk reportedly said in a speech in Dubai Monday. That’s the good news. The bad news, he points out, is that there will be a steep price to pay for the “great convenience.”

‘There are many people whose jobs are to drive. In fact, I think it might be the single largest employer of people. So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick.’

Elon Musk

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, according to CNBC, said the disruption will take place within about 20 years and will ultimately leave up to 15% of the global population without jobs.

Musk also touched on one of his favorite topics: artificial intelligence. Specifically, he spoke of humans eventually merging with machines, like something out of a “Terminator” movie.

“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk told the audience. “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output. He explained that computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second,” while humans can do about 10 bits per second.

“Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem,” Musk said.

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