Elon Musk is one of the most forward-thinking innovators of our time, so it’s particularly troubling to hear him fear-mongering about the future of artificial intelligence (AI).

At the recent National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., Musk renewed his call for the federal government to actively regulate AI research.

A deregulation-minded Washington is unlikely to create a new federal AI agency, as Musk would like, but his comments could damage AI’s enormous potential for social good.And to be clear, his words are not half-hearted.

At the governors’ meeting, he warned that AI is a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization,” justifying “proactive regulation” to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.

And, a few years ago, he compared AI research to “summoning the demon,” where the certainty that “the guy with the pentagram and the holy water” can control the demon “doesn’t work out.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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