Elon Musk Warns U.S. Leaders That Artificial Intelligence is 'The Scariest Problem'
In a recent meeting with U.S. governors at the bipartisan National Governors Association in Rhode Island, Tesla CEO Elon Musk—who was on the docket to speak about alternative energy, Tesla, and space travel—told the state executives that artificial intelligence (A.I.), a subject about which Musk would apparently know a great deal, poses an “existential threat” to human civilization.
“A.I. is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization, and I don’t think people fully appreciate that,” the 46-year-old entrepreneur told the audience, going on to say that of all the advanced technology he has at his fingertips, A.I. is “the scariest problem.”
The solution? Musk called on the government to focus on proactive intervention, however “irksome” it is, before it’s too late. “I think people should be really concerned about it…I keep sounding the alarm bell.”
This is indeed not the first time Musk has voiced his grave concerns on the topic. In 2014, he addressed a group of students at MIT, saying, “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful.”
Musk, the subject of a long feature article in the April issue of Vanity Fair, “Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse," has been on the receiving end of significant criticism from people inside the tech community and beyond for his comments. For one thing, some feel his concerns—and investments—are largely misdirected.
This story originally appeared on Architectural Digest.