Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late

Postado Julho 17, 2017

The Tesla CEO was speaking at the National Governors Association in Rhode Island on Saturday, and he told the state CEOs that AI was "a fundamental existential risk for human civilization", per NPR. He said he has access to cutting-edge AI technology, and that based on what he's seen, AI is "the scariest problem".

Speaking at the 2017 National Governor's Association meeting in Rhode Island on Saturday, serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk told state leaders that more than half of new cars being produced will be electric in ten years, and nearly all of them will be fully autonomous self-driving vehicles. To this, Musk stated that there should be a regulatory committee that will be entrusted with the task of understanding artificial intelligence tech in depth. Or, indeed - as some companies already claim they can do - by getting people to (appear to) say anything that the machine wants. He further said: "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 compromise, which they have successfully done in other states".

Elon Musk has sounded warning bells on artificial intelligence for quite some time, as he believes it could be a huge threat to society.

But it wasn't just fear mongering that Musk was delivering at the event, the hypocritical AI connoisseur also suggested a solution to the soon-to-be out of control nature of AI.

"You kind of need the regulators to do that for all the teams in the game". Otherwise the [corporate] shareholders will be saying, 'Why aren't you developing AI faster?

I was surprised by your suggestion to bring regulations before we know what we are dealing with.

Ford Motor Co. and other automakers have begun to invest in artificial intelligence startups as part of efforts to development and commercialize self-driving vehicles and other mobility technology.

"Cryptographic validation of firmware updates is something we've wanted to do for a while to make things even more robust". I'm increasingly inclined to think there should be some regulatory oversight at the national and worldwide level, just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish.

When it comes to people losing their jobs to AI, Musk said "transport will be one of the first to go fully autonomous", but in the end "the robots will do everything".