Elon Musk: AI Is Society's "Biggest Risk"

17 July, 2017, 23:41 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Is the 'Greatest Risk We Face as a Civilization'

Tesla founder and reported saviour of South Australia's energy issues Elon Musk has returned to the states after his brief visit Down Under and has wasted no time in getting the doomsday talk rolling, speaking at the National Governors Association meeting about the potential dangers that could stem from the rise of artificial intelligence. "Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late", further adding, "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".

Tesla and other vehicle manufacturers have invested in AI research as part of their efforts to build effective self-driving cars, but Musk envisages a Terminator-style scenario in which sentient computers start wars by presenting false information. "The world population tends to collapse, but hardly anyone sees it or cares about it", - commented on Twitter, the businessman, the publication New Scientist, which tells about the aging of the population and restricted access to food resources.

One solution, he said, is early regulation. In 2014, he likened AI developers to people summoning demons they think they can control. "Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people", he said.

The billionaire said regulations will stop humanity from being outsmarted by computers, or "deep intelligence in the network", that can start wars by manipulating information.

"AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation", declares Musk.

Further, the expert stated that there should be a set of regulations to prevent companies from using artificial intelligence to compete with others who are doing so.

Musk noted there definitely is a role for regulators. "The pen is mightier than the sword".

On account of more specific guidance requested by Democrat and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Elon Musk said: "The first step for the government is to get a better understanding of the fast-moving achievements in the developing artificial intelligence technology".

"It [regulation] takes forever", Musk said.

The ratio of self-driving cars to human-driven ones will quickly increase and skew in favor of fully autonomous cars as we near 2037.

Interviewed by filmmaker Werner Herzgog in 2016 for his film Lo and Behold, Musk outlined an example of how an AI could wreak destruction even if it adhered to its programming. "I did my best, and I think in a few cases I did make some progress".



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