Elon Musk Says We Need to Regulate AI Before 'It's Too Late'

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In a July 15 speech at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island, Musk said the government needs to proactively regulate artificial intelligence before there is no turning back, describing it as the "biggest risk we face as a civilization".

"I think people should be really concerned about it", Musk said.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO believes the current approach to regulation, which often reacts when "a whole bunch of bad things happen", such as self-driving vehicle crashes, is not quick enough to deal with the problems AI poses to society.

Musk feels that artificial intelligence is one of those cases in which one should be proactive with regulations and not reactive because by the time people react, it will be too late.

Well, it is definitely worth our time and attention to be reminded of one of Musk's great sayings, which ultimately tells us that all his success can be confined to one single world - "RISK".

Tesla and other auto manufacturers have invested in AI research as part of their efforts to build effective self-driving cars, but Musk envisages a Terminator-style scenario in which sentient computers start wars by presenting false information.

"I'm against over regulation for sure".

The Information, Technology, and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), for instance, called the Tesla CEO an "alarmist" in 2015 for pledging $1 billion to prevent the proliferation of autonomous robots, adding that he and his ilk stoke fear about an upcoming artificial intelligence revolution. "Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people", he said.

The Tesla CEO acknowledged the fact that robots are exponentially more efficient than human beings when it comes to work, but they always pose the threat of starting a war through fake news and spoofing emails.

In a desperate attempt to promote his money-burning auto firm, attention-starved Musk attended a gathering of U.S. governors this weekend to preach about the day of reckoning aka artificial intelligence (AI).

"It takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization", Musk continued.

It's no secret that artificial intelligence terrifies Elon Musk.

"Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid", Musk said.

Musk fears just such a thing could potentially happen to self-driving cars ... or entire fleets of self-driving cars.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder was reiterating his long-held argument that it is needed soon to protect humanity from intelligent machines.

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