Elon Musk Warns of Potential ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ Without AI Regulation
Elon Musk has once again expressed his concerns about the risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI) and the need for regulations to control its development. Speaking at the Viva Tech conference in Paris, Musk warned that if AI is not limited, it could lead to a “catastrophic outcome” for humanity. He stressed the importance of preventing digital super intelligence from becoming uncontrollable. This warning aligns with a petition Musk signed in March, which called for a pause in the development of OpenAI’s AI tool, ChatGPT, due to the potential risks it poses. The petition also urged governments to enforce a moratorium if OpenAI does not voluntarily halt its development. Musk reiterated his support for regulation at the conference, emphasizing the need to minimize the probability of something going wrong with digital super intelligence. However, Musk also acknowledged that AI could bring positive outcomes, such as an “age of abundance” in terms of access to goods and services. He cautioned against assuming that positive outcomes are guaranteed and stressed the importance of addressing the risks associated with AI. In addition to discussing AI, Musk also shared his vision for the future, including sustainability, space exploration through SpaceX, and his purchase of Twitter. He stated that his acquisition of Twitter was motivated by a desire to preserve free speech and make the platform a positive force for civilization. Although Musk recently stepped down as CEO of Twitter, he remains the owner of the company.