Artificial Intelligence

Musk: Robot regulation necessary before they become ‘risk’ to humanity

EPA / HOW HWEE YOUNG

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed at the US National Governors Association summer meeting on Saturday that it is necessary to introduce regulations of artificial intelligence since it could pose a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”

Although he didn’t specify what regulations regarding AI should be like, Musk noted it was extremely important to prevent a scenario in which humans get outsmarted by machines.

“I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal,” Elon Musk claimed. “Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid, as they should be.”

Robots could especially be dangerous, as in Musk’s opinion, they will “be able to do everything better” than humans in the future.

Musk also warned that companies will have to adapt to a world with AI, and that those who do not develop it will be in trouble. The first sector to entirely rely on robots will be transportation, Musk insisted. “When I say everything, the robots, they will do everything.”

The Tesla CEO added he is well aware of the potential danger as he has “exposure to the very cutting edge AI” and that in case regulations aren’t introduced on time, it could be “too late.” It is vital to be “proactive” about AI regulation, according to Musk, who believes it is not good to react only once “bad things happen” as is currently the case.

The first step to governments controlling AI, is to make the public aware of robots and what they are, or will be, capable of doing, Musk stated.

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