Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned a bipartisan gathering of US governors on Saturday that government regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it's a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization". The OpenAI and Neuralink co-founder sat down with U.S. lawmakers to discuss the urgent need for AI regulation and how it will be "too late" if they don't act now.
Speaking at the National Governor's Association Saturday, Musk called on legislators to take heed of the danger and act.
"That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilisation".
Musk added the company's stock price reflects a "lot of optimism" and that he has tried to taper expectations, but has found that "quite tough" when euphoria is running this high. "Because by the time we are reactive with AI regulation, it's too late", Musk said, as quoted by Fortune magazine. "I did my best, and I think in a few cases I did make some progress". He warned USA governors that AI is "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization" and asked them to oversee the technology's development.
The point of his meeting with United States governors was to reiterate his long-held argument that proactive regulation is needed to protect humanity from being outsmarted by computers, or "deep intelligence in the network" that can start wars by manipulating information, the Associated Press reported.
"Normally the way regulations are set up is a whole bunch of bad things happen, there's a public outcry and then after many years the regulatory agencies set up to regulate that industry", Musk said. "The first order of business would be to try to learn as much as possible, to understand the nature of the issues", he said.
Here's the entire interview:So what exactly is Musk suggesting we do about it?
Part of Musk's concern stems from the social destabilization that he believes could result from robots replacing humans in jobs.
The Tesla CEO acknowledged the fact that robots are exponentially more efficient than human beings when it comes to work, but they always pose the threat of starting a war through fake news and spoofing emails.
And artificial intelligence is not just capable of sparking global chaos through virtual attacks. The said technology aims to create an interface between the human mind and the computer.
But Musk also made some interesting comments on Tesla's approach to cyber security that received less attention.
"It would seem to follow that the odds that we're in "base reality" is one in billions", Mr Musk said.