Elon Musk: Governments better get ready for the robots


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned a meeting of U.S. governors that artificial intelligence is a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation". "AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization". The governors were intrigued by Musk's rather forthright remarks and peppered him with questions about how to deal with challenges presented by regulating artificial intelligence.

Musk believes that we can't sit around waiting to see which destructive paths AI may take us along, and insists we need regulation to combat potential threats.

"AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that auto accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not - they were harmful to a set of individuals within society, of course, but they were not harmful to society as a whole".

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

"I'm increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and worldwide level, just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish".

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The tech billionaire, who peddles luxury electric vehicles created to drive autonomously, has once again expounded on the evils of AI. But while he all gung-ho about adopting futuristic ideas without reservations, there is one arena which even Elon Musk feels should be regulated - if humanity aims on surviving beyond this century that is.

"Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid", Musk said. "The pen is mightier than the sword", Musk said. The whole essence of his conversation was that killer robots should definitely be stopped.

The SpaceX and Tesla founder warned the concerned authorities of the mistakes in policy-making, particularly that regulations are usually set up when "bad things happen" and when there is a "public outcry".

Musk's OpenAI research company is working to pave the way for "safe artificial general intelligence".

But as artificial intelligence advances, jokes about sentient androids and a Westworld-like takeover become less amusing and more terrifying. I'm increasingly inclined to think there should be some regulatory oversight at the national and global level, just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish.