Government Needs To Regulate AI

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the government should consider regulations for artificial intelligence because it poses "a fundamental existential risk for human civilization."

Musk made the comments over the weekend during the National Governors Association's summer meeting in Providence, R.I.

Musk says AI is the "scariest problem" because of its potential to harm humans beyond just disrupting the job market.

Musk wants the government to set regulations in place to root out threats early. "AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation than reactive," said Musk. "By the time we’re reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late."

AI's more immediate impact will likely be economic, as robots continue to gain traction among companies. 

"There will certainly be a lot of job disruption because what’s going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us," he said.

This is not the first time Musk has voiced concerns about the potential impact of AI. In a documentary from German filmmaker Werner Herzog, Musk warned of the significant threat AI could pose to humanity. 

"The biggest risk isn’t that AI will develop a will of its own, but that it will follow the will of people that establish its optimization function, and if that is not well thought out — even if intent is benign — it could have quite a bad outcome," Musk said.

Once considered fantasy, AI is becoming more of a reality as tech companies incorporate it into more of its future plans. One key use of AI: the rise of digital voice assistants, including Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant.

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