Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Elon Musk on Tesla vs The Terminator

Elon Musk on Tesla vs The Terminator

Speaking at the 2017 National Governor's Association meeting in Rhode Island on Saturday, serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk told state leaders that more than half of new cars being produced will be electric in ten years, and nearly all of them will be fully autonomous self-driving vehicles.

Speaking at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island this week, Musk spoke to a group of Democratic and Republican governors, urging them to take proactive action to prepare for the rise of AI.

"AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive", says Musk.

That's according to Elon Musk, who over the weekend delivered one of his most pointed pleas yet on the dangers of artificial intelligence, saying it poses "the biggest risk we face as a civilization".

Tesla and other auto manufacturers have invested in AI research as part of their efforts to build effective self-driving cars, but Musk envisages a Terminator-style scenario in which sentient computers start wars by presenting false information. "They were harmful to a set of individuals in society of course, but they were not harmful to society as a whole", Musk told Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on Saturday.

The entrepreneur said state legislators should start by forming a regulatory committee, whose first task would be to develop a full understanding of AI. In April, he announced Neuralink, a San Francisco, California-based startup that builds devices connecting human brains and computers in hopes to protect humanity from the perils of artificial intelligence.

Representatives for the two Democrats confirmed they had private meetings with Musk and the topic came up.

'It takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilisation'.

Musk noted there definitely is a role for regulators.

Musk has said on several occasions that Tesla plans to showcase a cross-country journey made in a self-driving vehicle, and with no human intervention, that will travel from California to a parking garage in NY by the end of 2017.

In July 2017 Musk warned about the catastrophe on the threshold of which is humanity.

Musk has of course lately passed up on whispering his armageddon predictions into the most powerful United States political ear after walking out on Donald Trump's economic advisory council, following the President's controversial decision to pull the U.S. out of the global Paris climate accord. So, we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence.

Yes, "robots will do everything better than us", Musk said.

I was surprised by your suggestion to bring regulations before we know what we are dealing with.

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