Elon Musk shocker: Artificial intelligence can destroy human race

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The OpenAI and Neuralink co-founder sat down with United States lawmakers to discuss the urgent need for AI regulation and how it will be "too late" if they don't act now.

Musk has issued similar warnings in the past but ratcheted up his rhetoric on the issue Saturday during a National Governors Association (NGA) summer meeting in Rhode Island. Musk at that point drew a difference amongst AI and conventional focuses for direction, saying "AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization, in a way that auto accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs, or bad food were not".

Musk added that it has become his top concern from a security standpoint and he believes that it will become a growing concern in the future.

Musk told the governors that AI calls for precautionary, proactive government intervention: "I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late", he said. "AI is [the] rare case in which we have to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive", he said. 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".

KILLER computers powered by super-smart artificial intelligence pose a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation".

Musk estimated that we'll have to wait a bit longer before we see a significant change in the types of vehicles on the road, but two decades from now, he expects an overwhelming portion of vehicles to be electric and fully autonomous.

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The SpaceX and Tesla founder warned the concerned authorities of the mistakes in policy-making, particularly that regulations are usually set up when "bad things happen" and when there is a "public outcry".

Woz made his feelings on AI known during an interview with the Australian Financial Review the other year, agreeing with Hawking and Musk that its potential to surpass humans is worrying.

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. In the absence of appropriate government regulations, Musk fears AI could progress to the point where homicidal robots roam the cities of the world, making them even more unsafe than Chicago.

Elon Musk is not averse to risk.

Musk's comments on AI start around the 48-minute mark.

Musk did not say which level of autonomy he meant, but levels three and four are, at this stage, the most commonly cited.