Musk warns of worst-case scenario from artificial intelligence

Tesla CEO Elon Musk waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence, R.I., on Saturday. Photo credit: REUTERS Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned a 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,” according to several media reports. Musk, a vocal proponent of AI who helped form OpenAI, a nonprofit research group that backs the safe rollout of the emerging technology, also called for the creation of a regulatory body to guide development of the powerful technology, The Wall Street Journal reported. “Right now the government doesn’t even have insight,” Musk told the governors. “Once there is awareness people will be extremely afraid, as they should be.” Ford Motor Co. and other automakers have begun to invest in artificial intelligence startups as part of efforts to development and commercialize self-driving vehicles and other mobility technology. The founder of electric carmaker Tesla also pressed some governors to revisit state franchise dealership laws that ban the direct sale of the company’s models to consumers. Musk also broadly addressed solar energy, space travel, autonomous vehicles and other emerging…


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