Musk Gives Ominous Warning About AI, Asserts Regulation Is Needed

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 17, 2017

Space X founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has access to the most advanced AI technologies, has warned that despite the huge possibilities with the new type of technology, powering everything from smartphones to smart homes, it is the biggest risk the human civilization now faces and the best way to tackle it is through regulation.

"Until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don't know how to react because it seems so ethereal", he said in comments obtained by tech website Recode.

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".

But "AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization in a way that auto accidents, aeroplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not", Musk went on.

Musk explained that proactive regulation is a must when it comes to AI, more or less repeating his viewpoint regarding the risks involved in the technology.

"AI's a rare case where we need to be proactive in regulation, instead of reactive".

According to Mask, the artificial intelligence can be used in the information war, in particular the propagation of fake news.

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.

He added that what he believes is the current model of regulation by governments is to try and take control of the situation once "a whole bunch of bad things happen".

Artificial intelligence sure is the creation of the human mind but with a potential to take over the civilization. The risk he's talking about here is the astonishingly fast advances being made in the field of AI, or Artificial Intelligence.

Musk's biggest concerns are related to the possibility of robots harming humans.

When asked at the 2016 Code Conference in California if the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was "yes", Musk said 'probably'. Dowd noted that some Silicon Valley leaders - including Google co-founder Larry Page - do not share Musk's skepticism, and describe AI as a possible force for good.

Last year, Musk said he believed his SpaceX company will be able to ferry people to Mars by 2024, and speaking at the governors' meeting Saturday, he outlined his visions for future motor travel.

Watch Elon's remarks in the video below, beginning at the 43 minute mark.

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