Chatbots powered by artificial intelligence are already capable of passing some Turing tests. ( AFP via Getty Images )
Existential threat posed by artificial intelligence is much closer than previously predicted, billionaire warns.
Elon Musk has warned that humans risk being overtaken by artificial intelligence within the next five years.
The prediction marks a significant revision of previous estimations of the so-called technological singularity, when machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence and accelerates at an incomprehensible rate.
Noted futurist Ray Kurzweil previously pegged this superintelligence tipping point at around 2045, citing exponential advances in technologies like robotics, computers and AI.