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Elon Musk Urges U.S. Governors to Regulate AI Before “It’s Too Late”

July 17, 2017

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He may want to send us all to space and make the world drive electric cars, but Elon Musk isn’t gung ho about all technologies. In particular, he’s famously uneasy about the development of machine learning, and has in the past gone so far as stating that he believes building a general intelligence AI as tantamount to “summoning the demon.” Now, he’s reaffirmed that message to U.S. governors, urging them to regulate AI—and quickly.

Speaking at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island on Saturday, Musk called AI “the biggest risk that we face as a civilization,” according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s a sentiment shared by a small but influential crowd of techno-thinkers. Whether it’s an accurate assessment of the situation is very much up for debate, however, as Oren Etzioni, the CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington, has argued on these very pages.

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