Musk: Government Needs To Regulate Artificial Intelligence





Elon Musk says global race for artificial intelligence will cause World War III. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Buzz60

A race toward "superiority" between countries over artificial intelligence will be the most likely cause of World War III, warns entrepreneur Elon Musk.

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has been outspoken about his fears of AI, urging countries to consider regulations now before the technology becomes more widely used.

The comments were sparked by comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said the country leading the way in AI "will become ruler of the world," reports news site RT.

"It begins," said Musk in an earlier tweet ahead of his warning about the potential risks. 

"China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science," Musk wrote in a tweet posted Monday. "Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo."

China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017

In response to a Twitter user, Musk notes the AI itself — not a country's leader — could spark a major conflict "if it decides that a preemptive strike is most probable path to victory."

May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AI's, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017

Musk has emerged as a critic of AI safety, seeking ways for governments to regulate the technology before it gets out of control. Last month, Musk warned fears over the security of AI are more risky than the threat of nuclear war from North Korea.

In July, during the National Governors Association meeting, Musk pushed states to consider new rules for AI.

"AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation than reactive," said Musk.

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