Elon Musk Says He Wants A Kill Switch For AI

Tech billionaire Elon Musk, who has previously voiced concern over the pursuit of artificial intelligence, suggested in a recent interview that the government should have a plan in place to shut down the power grids in areas that house “heavy-duty” AI servers in case humans lose control of artificial intelligence.

Tuesday, during the second part of a two-part interview on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Musk told Carlson that “really heavy-duty intelligence” could only be concentrated in a limited number of areas on Earth, and the concentration would be so immense that its heat signature could be detected from space.

He said he wasn’t suggesting that artificial intelligence service centers should be blown up “right now,” but there could come a time when it might be “wise” for the government to have a “contingency plan” in place allowing it to “shut down power” to the service centers.

When asked what would prompt such action, Musk said if human beings lose control of “some super AI” and a “passive shutdown like administrator passwords,” stops working, and “we can’t slow down or get out.”


During Part One of Tucker Carlson’s interview with Musk, the Twitter CEO revealed the extent to which US and foreign intelligence agencies were accessing “everything that was going on” on Twitter.

When Carlson asked if that access included direct messages, Musk said it did since Twitter’s direct message feature is not encrypted.

Musk said he is taking steps to create a feature that would give users the option to encrypt direct messages to limit government interference on the platform. He said he hoped to have the feature available later this month.

Musk explained that when the encryption option is enabled, nobody at Twitter “can see what you’re talking about.” He added that even if someone put a gun to his head, he wouldn’t be able to access the messages to see what they say if they are encrypted.

“That’s how it should be,” Musk added.