“[Artificial intelligence is] just something that I think anything that represents a risk to the public deserves at least insight from the government, because one of the mandates of the government is the public wellbeing,” Musk said, responding to a question today during Tesla’s financial results conference call[Audio Link].
“Insight is different from oversight. At least if the government can gain insight to understand what’s going on and then decide what rules are appropriate to ensure public safety, that is what I’m advocating for.”
Last month Musk set off a firestorm of criticism after repeating his opinion that artificial intelligence represents the greatest existential risk humanity faces this century.
“I think people should be really concerned about it,” Musk said, speaking to a gathering of US governors in Providence, Rhode Island
Elon Musk interview at the 2017 National Governors Association Summer Meeting
Following the governors meeting, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg criticized Elon in a Facebook live broadcast, saying “I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don’t understand it, it’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible.”
When asked about Zuckerberg’s comments, Elon responded, “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”
In today’s Tesla conference Elon call made it clear that he feels his opinions have been misrepresented by much of the press.
“I’m not advocating we stop development of A.I. or any of the straw man hyperbole things that have been written,” Musk said.
“I do think there are many great benefits to A.I., we just need to make sure that they are indeed benefits and we don’t do something really dumb.”
It’s again worth pointing out that Elon Musk is not alone in his concerns, some of the biggest minds in AI such as Shane Legg and Allan Russel have echoed similar views.