Elon Musk, the Tesla & SpaceX CEO strongly warned against the risk of artificial intelligence to society on Saturday, while speaking to state leaders at the National Governors Association.
Elon stressed his point out on artificial intelligence and considered it as the “biggest risk that we face as a civilization“.
The topic came up during a question and answer session with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, the incoming chair of the National Governors Association, whose initiative explores how state leaders can prepare for and benefit from innovative technologies.
However, Musk made his stance and point clear about artificial intelligence and advised the governors to address it proactively, or it will be too late.
Elon Musk warns against the threat of Artificial Intelligence to society
Elon warned that without regulations in place, industries will become completely autonomous, posing a threat not only to jobs but to the nation’s safety. He said the government “doesn’t have insight” into AI yet but, when they do, “I think people will be very afraid, as they should be.”
Robots can complete tasks faster and more efficiently than humans, but even more dangerous is the fact that they could “start a war by doing fake news and spoofing email accounts and fake information, and just by manipulating information,” Musk told the audience.
The governors at the meeting were moved by his suggestions and were eager for advice on how to defend their states against an AI attack.
The Tesla CEO said that state legislators should start by forming a regulatory committee, whose first task would be to develop a full understanding of AI. He also added that the importance of forming regulations would be to prevent companies from building their artificial intelligence to keep up with competitors who are doing the same.
“If your competitor is rushing to build AI and you don’t, it will crush you,” Musk said.
Elon has a point, as society we should be conscious and worried about the dangers of AI despite it having a number of positive implications, it could be very doom of us all.
We have seen Hollywood and other movie industries portray the likely outcome of what would happen if AI took over and based on some examples like the Terminator franchise, the human will be in a world of hurt if it actually happened.
Artificial Intelligence may be the next big thing for the future, but as Elon Musk said, we should keep our guard up or else we could lose it all.
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