Elon Musk warns governors about threat from artificial intelligence

PROVIDENCE — Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned a bipartisan gathering of U.S. governors on Saturday that government regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it’s a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” But first, he asked for some governors to lift a different kind of regulation: state franchise dealership laws that ban the direct sale of his company’s electric cars to consumers. Musk spoke broadly about solar energy, space travel, self-driving cars and other emerging technology during a question-and-answer session at the summer conference of the National Governors Association in Rhode Island. From this section: Pence, addressing governors, makes a pitch for revised health bill He also met privately with some governors, including Louisiana Democrat John Bel Edwards, who recently signed a law that Musk’s company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., says blocks it from selling cars there. Edwards said Tesla asked for the one-on-one meeting with Musk, which was short. “I just asked him to come down to Louisiana and sit down with us, sit down with the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association and work out some sort of a compromise, which they have successfully done in other states,” Edwards said. Allowing manufacturer-to-consumer sales also came up in…


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