Elon Musk Warns Governors: Regulate AI Before It’s ‘Too Late’

turkeydance shared a new article from Recode about Elon Musk:
He’s been warning people about AI for years, and today called it the “biggest risk we face as a civilization” when he spoke at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island. Musk then called on the government to proactively regulate artificial intelligence before things advance too far… “Normally the way regulations are set up is a while bunch of bad things happen, there’s a public outcry, and after many years a regulatory agency is set up to regulate that industry,” he continued. “It takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization”… Musk has even said that his desire to colonize Mars is, in part, a backup plan for if AI takes over on Earth.

Several governors asked Musk how to regulate the emerging AI industry, to which he suggested learning as much as possible about artificial intelligence. Musk also warned that society won’t know how to react “until people see robots going down the street killing people… I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.”


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