Billionaire’s dire warning about AI research

MACHINES imbued with general intelligence and self learning pose a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation”. That’s the message delivered by Silicon Valley Billionaire Elon Musk to a group of US politicians on the weekend. The CEO of Tesla Motors and Space X met with a group of US politicians to discuss laws around electric autonomous vehicles but also told them they need to act to ensure we avoid welcoming killer robots into the world. “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. “AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.” Elon Musk has been sounding the alarm on AI general intelligence for years and believes government regulation could struggle to keep pace with rapidly advancing AI research. “Normally the way regulations are set up is a while bunch of bad things happen, there’s a public outcry, and after many years a regulatory agency is set up to regulate…

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