Elon Musk proposes regulations on artificial intelligence

  • Oliver Smith
  • February 24, 2020
  • 2 minutes read
  • 655

”Organizations developing artificial intelligence must be regulated”, says Elon Musk. This is not the first time the CEO of Space X and Tesla has spoken against the use of artificial intelligence technology but this time he referred to his own company as well. 

In 2015, Musk founded the MIT technology review profile of Open AI, where he emphasized the idea of Open AI as an alternative to “sitting on the sidelines” or “encouraging regulatory oversight.” However, later on, he dissociated himself from it and condemned its use in all industries and platforms.  Last year, in response to a tweet by a user who questioned the purpose of Open AI and raised issues, Musk responded,  “Unfortunately, I must agree that these are reasonable concerns.”  In 2018, while addressing the Southwest Tech Conference in Austin, the billionaire tech entrepreneur claimed artificial intelligence to be far more dangerous than nuclear warheads and emphasized the dire need of a regulatory body overseeing the development of superintelligence. Musk further went on enlightening everyone about the dangers of artificial intelligence and robotics stating that deep intelligence was not a physical thing and it could initiate a war by creating fake news, spoofing emails and manipulating information.  His claims have been disregarded by some of the leading tech experts as well. They have stated that his tough talk is fear-mongering. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook has stated Musk’s doomsday AI scenarios are unnecessary and labeled them as “pretty irresponsible”. Based on his knowledge of machine intelligence and its developments, Musk believes there is reason to be worried. The issue seems to occupy Musk’s mind as he recently tweeted, “Has science gone too far?”