Elon Musk: Governments better get ready for the robots

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Speaking at the National Governor's Association Saturday, Musk called on legislators to take heed of the danger and act.

'I just asked him to come down to Louisiana and sit down with us, sit down with the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association and work out some sort of a compromise, which they have successfully done in other states, ' Mr Edwards said.

He was clearly not thrilled to make that argument, calling regulation generally "not fun" and "irksome", but he said that in the case of AI, the risks are too high to allow AI to develop unfettered.

Those are solid words from a man once in awhile connected with cyber-libertarianism, an intensely hostile to direction belief system exemplified by any semblance of Peter Thiel, who helped to establish Paypal with Musk.

'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, ' said Musk. He described so-called AI as the "biggest risk we face as a civilization".

To avoid such a catastrophe, Musk suggested regulators need to step in certain AI developments to examine their safety.

In a desperate attempt to promote his money-burning auto firm, attention-starved Musk attended a gathering of United States governors this weekend to preach about the day of reckoning aka artificial intelligence (AI).

Musk told the governmental nabobs that part of his desire to establish interplanetary colonies on Mars is to have a Plan B for human society once AI-infused robots take over the earth. "Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people", he said.

"The robots will do everything, bar nothing", he said, dryly.

The point of his meeting with USA governors was to reiterate his long-held argument that proactive regulation is needed to protect humanity from being outsmarted by computers, or "deep intelligence in the network" that can start wars by manipulating information, the Associated Press reported. He noted the transportation job sector - which accounted for 4.6 million jobs in 2014 - "will be one of the first things to go fully autonomous". "The pen is mightier than the sword".

"I'm against overregulation for sure, but I think we better get on that with AI", he said, before noting later than "I really think we need government regulation here". He explained that robots will be able to do everything that humans do and in a better way.

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