BEIJING, Feb. 19 (UPI) — Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, said in a statement Monday that all artificial intelligence should be better regulated, even for his company. His move was in response to an article in the MIT Technology Review, which said OpenAI, which Musk co-founded, had transformed its mission from the safe and fair development and distribution of artificial intelligence technology to a secret company that was constantly financing it.
Musk has been concerned about the negative potential of artificial intelligence. He tweeted in 2014 that artificial intelligence “may be more dangerous than nuclear weapons” and told listeners at the MIT Aerospace Symposium that year that artificial intelligence is “our biggest existential threat” and that humans must be extra careful:
“With artificial intelligence, we can summon demons. In all the stories about the five-pointed star and the holy water guy, the protagonist sits determined that he can control the demons, but can’t. “
Musk has been advocating some form of government oversight of artificial intelligence for some time. He resigned in 2018 to avoid conflict spree with machine learning technology used in Tesla’s self-driving cars. “We should set up a government committee, initially to gain insight,” he said in an interview that year. It takes a year or two to learn about artificial intelligence or other potentially dangerous technologies, especially artificial intelligence. He said the committee should make regulations to ensure the safest use of AI.
But Musk added at the time that he did not think such a committee would be set up at all.