Why SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence must be regulated by government

Two days after sparking a national debate over perceived threats from artificial intelligence, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reiterated Wednesday that machine-learning technologies are advancing at a staggering rate and should be regulated. But the billionaire entrepreneur isn’t asking for extreme regulation — just the same level of government oversight now given to aircraft, cars, drugs and other industries, he said. Computers’ abilities to reason, make complex judgments and learn will increase exponentially, by “10 orders of magnitude a year,” Musk said at the annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, D.C. “I think the role of government is to make sure the public is safe, to take care of safety issues,” Musk said during his keynote address. “I think the right move is to establish government regulatory agencies.” Musk, whose Hawthorne-based SpaceX is building a fleet of reusable, affordable rockets, shocked the business community with his call for regulation that would likely bring added manufacturing and development costs. “It’s difficult to appreciate just how far AI has advanced and is advancing,” Musk said. “When you have a double exponential, it’s very difficult to predict and almost always too conservative.” Ron Kurjanowicz, who procures new technologies as chief…


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