Elon Musk talks cars and humanity's fate with governers

Jay Anderson
July 17, 2017

"I think one of the biggest risks for autonomous vehicles is somebody achieving a fleet-wide hack", Musk said in response to a question from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

AI SCAREMONGERER Elon Musk (or, as we call him, Elon Must) has said something controversial again to get back in the headlines.

Governments must have a better understanding of artificial intelligence technology's rapid evolution in order to fully comprehend the risks, he said.

But Musk fervently believes this is a real threat, not something isolated to the realms of science fiction. He also reinforced his case by saying that AI is not just an ordinary threat like everyday tragic events such as auto crashes.

"AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive about regulation instead of reactive", he said.

Explaining that AI could, in fact, destroy the human race, Musk told Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval: "AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that vehicle accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not".

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"I'm against over regulation for sure".

'We are clearly on a trajectory to have games indistinguishable from reality, and there would be billions of there.

At its current rate of growth, and providing the UK's vehicle industry halts growth, in 12 years' time, EV registrations will equal around half of the total registrations of the United Kingdom, so the growth of the segment would have to accelerate considerably for Musk's prediction to come true.

Specifically, Musk thinks that AI can potentially start a war via "fake news and spoofing email accounts and fake press releases, and just by manipulating information", which explains his fear of the technology. "The pen is mightier than the sword".

He was clearly not thrilled to make that argument, calling regulation generally "not fun" and "irksome", but he said that in the case of AI, the risks are too high to allow AI to develop unfettered. In what amused many, the website is just a single letter X. But why does the world take Musk this seriously, and how did Musk reached where he is today? By "too late", he means before "robots going down the street killing people".

The tech billionaire uses artificial intelligence at Tesla to help usher in autonomous driving and is also the co-founder of OpenAI, which describes itself as a "non-profit AI research company, discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence". He further prods the government to regulate this seemingly unsuspecting technology.

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