Elon Musk: "Regulate AI Before it's Too Late"

Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Is the 'Greatest Risk We Face as a Civilization'

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

"[They] could start a war by doing fake news and spoofing email accounts and fake press releases, and just by manipulating information", he said.

"It will be rare for a vehicle to be produced in 10 years' time that is not autonomous", said Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the annual summer meeting of the National Governance Association, which is the representative body for state-funded school governors and trustees throughout England. To this, Musk stated that there should be a regulatory committee that will be entrusted with the task of understanding artificial intelligence tech in depth. "In principle, if somebody was able to hack, say, all of the autonomous Teslas, they could, say - I mean just as a prank - they could say like "send them all to Rhode Island" from across the United States".

"Probably in 10 years, more than a half of new vehicle production is electric in the United States", said Musk, adding "half of all production will be EV, I think nearly all cars produced will be autonomous".

Musk added that regulation of AI needs to be done now because of the bureaucratic nature of it. Otherwise the shareholders will be saying, why aren't you developing AI faster?

"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.

Musk said this really was the scariest problem to him, stressing there is a need to ensure regulation over AI was enforced.

Still, when asked by state governors what first steps they should take to regulate AI, Musk was a bit vague, suggesting merely that they "learn as much as possible" about the issue.

"Cryptographic validation of firmware updates is something we've wanted to do for a while to make things even more robust".

"I think things are going to grow exponentially".

While killer robots are easy to visualize, the most risky threat is a "deep intelligence in the network" that Musk said could start a war by creating fake news and spoofing email accounts and sending out fake press releases as a way to manipulate information.

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