Elon Musk: "Regulate AI Before it's Too Late"

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Business magnate Elon Musk obviously can not keep his qualms over artificial intelligence to himself as he expressed Friday at the recent National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island the imminent harms of AI-reliant technologies.

Some AI experts have criticised Musk's position, saying he is warning of a highly unlikely scenario that is grounded more in science fiction films than in reality, although Musk's concerns have been shared by scientists including Stephen Hawking.

'I just asked him to come down to Louisiana and sit down with us, sit down with the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association and work out some sort of a compromise, which they have successfully done in other states, ' Mr Edwards said.

Musk, a vocal proponent of AI who helped form OpenAI, a nonprofit research group that backs the safe rollout of the emerging technology, also called for the creation of a regulatory body to guide development of the powerful technology, The Wall Street Journal reported. He warned USA governors that AI is "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization" and asked them to oversee the technology's development.

"AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation", declares Musk. "But man, I think we've got to get on that with AI, pronto".

Automation inside the Tesla factory. "If your competitor is rushing to build AI and you don't, it will crush you, " Musk said.

I did my best, and I think in a few cases I did make some progress...

"The robots will do everything, bar nothing", he said, dryly.

He feels that it is necessary for the Government to understand this advanced technology better. Around the corner are AI-powered autonomous cars, and service companies like Uber that's increasingly waving AI into its ride-hailing app.

Musk, who says he's against overregulation in general, believes U.S. regulators should start to look at the AI space "pronto", lest shareholders begin to urge companies to develop the technologies faster. "You kind of need the regulators to do that for all the teams in the game".

Complicating matters is the fact that the biggest companies developing AI right now are publicly held, and stockholders will demand the company aggressively stay ahead of the competition when it comes to developing AI. Musk explained that regulation usually only happens after something "really bad happens" and it "takes forever".

It's true: For years, Musk has issued Cassandra-like cautions about the risks of artificial intelligence.

The ratio of self-driving cars to human-driven ones will quickly increase and skew in favor of fully autonomous cars as we near 2037.

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