Elon Musk calls for artificial intelligence regulation to combat ‘existential threat’ from robots

Elon Musk, the superstar CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla , has made a startling new claim about the threat posed by the rapid growth of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Branding the technology “a fundamental existential risk for human civilisation,” Musk says we should introduce regulation on AI before it’s too late. The billionaire was speaking at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting to a collection of US politicians gathered in Rhode Island. “AI’s a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive,” he said. “Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.” Read More Elon Musk (Image: Recode/YouTube) Musk painted a hypothetical picture of a sentient stock-trading program causing the 2014 missile launch that downed a Malaysian plane over Ukraine, in order to boost the value of its portfolio. While most would dismiss that as fodder for a technothriller novel, Musk was deadly serious about the implications. “There’s a bunch of opposition from companies who don’t like being told what to do by regulators. It takes forever,” he said. “That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk…


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