At the U.S. National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence, R.I., Musk said that the government's current framework for regulation would be risky with AI because of the risk it poses to humanity.
"Until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don't know how to react because it seems so ethereal", he said about the tech sector's furious pursuit of artificial intelligence.
Plenty of science fiction has also speculated wildly and entertainingly on how AI may put human existence at risk. "AI is [the] rare case in which we have to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive", he said. "AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization, in a way that vehicle accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs, or bad food were not".
Elon Musk also made time for a private meet and greeted with several U.S. state Governors. "Doesn't work out", said Musk.
Musk has long warned of the dangers posed by AI, signing a letter published by the Future of Life Institute in January supporting the Asilomar AI Principles to ensure the development of artificial intelligence that is beneficial to humanity.
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker right speaks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at the NGA
"I'm increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and global level, just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish".
Right now the government doesn't even have insight. As a Cnet reports quotes Musk, " AI could start a war by doing fake news and spoofing email accounts and fake press releases, and just by manipulating information".
Supervisory agencies like the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and Food and Drug Administration are typically created in response to "a whole bunch of bad things" happening, Musk explained, adding that the process usually "takes forever".
Musk did not say which level of autonomy he meant, but levels three and four are, at this stage, the most commonly cited.
Artificial intelligence is a growing field for tech companies, but among futurists and other tech industry figures, the potential unintended consequences of AI are an equally growing concern. He reiterated that this is inadequate for AI because the technology represents "a fundamental risk to the existence of civilisation", just before leaving the stage to go back to his factory that is developing the most advanced car-driving robots, powered by. AI. I'm increasingly inclined to think there should be some regulatory oversight at the national and worldwide level, just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish.