In speaking to his Neuralink employees, Musk called artificial intelligence a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”
The futurist and inventor believes that we have no more than “a five to 10 per cent chance” of successfully making artificial intelligence safe enough not to wipe out the human race. Like many of his peers, Musk advocates serious regulation of AI, and as soon as possible. Musk seeks a proactive approach to what he sees as a potentially deadly worldwide AI crisis, which means that governments must become well-versed in the concepts before such understanding becomes a matter of life and death.
“Normally the way regulations are set up is when a bunch of bad things happen, there’s a public outcry, and after many years a regulatory agency is set up to regulate that industry,” he said. “It takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization.”