Musk’s Warning Sparks Call For Regulating Artificial Intelligence

Enlarge this image Artificial intelligence poses an existential risk to human civilization, Elon Musk (right) told the National Governors Association meeting Saturday in Providence, R.I. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption toggle caption Stephan Savoia/AP Elon Musk is warning that artificial intelligence is a “fundamental existential risk for human civilization,” and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is looking into how states can respond. Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, made the remarks over the weekend at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island. He has long warned of the threats he believes artificial intelligence will pose, from automation to apocalypse. Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and others have also sounded warnings over AI. “Of all the things that I heard over this weekend with the National Governors Association, this was the one that I’ve spent more time thinking about,” says Hickenlooper, a Democrat. Not everyone at the NGA meeting received Musk’s comments as warmly as Hickenlooper. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona told Musk: “As someone who’s spent a lot of time in [my] administration trying to reduce and eliminate regulations, I was surprised by your suggestion to bring regulations before we know exactly what we’re dealing with.” Enlarge this image Colorado Gov.…

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