Elon Musk: we need to regulate AI before 'it's too late'

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

"AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that vehicle accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not - they were harmful to a set of individuals within society, of course, but they were not harmful to society as a whole".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned a gathering of US governors on Saturday that government regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it's a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization", according to several media reports.

"AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive", says Musk.

So is there any upside to all this?

Musk, who says he's against overregulation in general, believes USA regulators should start to look at the AI space "pronto", lest shareholders begin to urge companies to develop the technologies faster. "Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people", he said.

That said, he has asked America's governors to regulate the technology as soon as possible.

"I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don't know how to react, because it seems to ethereal", Musk said on Saturday. Musk said the surging popularity of AI technologies is a "fundamental risk" the humankind is about to face in the coming years.

Musk also told the audience at the NGA summer meeting that he expects "more than half of new vehicles" will be fully electric in the usa within the next decade. I'm against overregulation for sure, but man, I think with we've got to get on that with AI, pronto.

In conversation with Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, home to the Tesla Gigafactory, Musk suggested proactive regulation to help stave off a robot apocalypse.

"Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid", Musk said. According to Musk, the content of science fiction movies and literature like killer robots will surprise the world without knowing how to deal with them.

In July 2017 Musk warned about the catastrophe on the threshold of which is humanity.

Apart from artificial intelligence and his space mission, Musk also spoke about his vision regarding self-driving cars. He compared artificial intelligence with traditional targets for regulations.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday that there was "no way" he could have stayed on the White House advisory councils after President Donald Trump announced in June he would pull the U.S. out of the landmark Paris climate agreement.

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