Elon Musk wants regulation on Artificial Intelligence. But should we?

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Elon Musk has been very vocal about the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has warned a bipartisan gathering of US governors that government regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it poses a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization

Musk claims that AI will eventually do everything better than us. As a result, AI will do everything for us and may even do the thinking for us. At that point, despite being programmed to advance humanity, AI may function in ways that pose harms to society. Some may argue that as long as we program AI correctly, it will serve our purpose. However, with the development of machine learning and deep learning, Musk claims we are gradually giving more power to AI. Furthermore, humans are prone to errors which will almost guarantee AI's malfunction. In order to prevent that reality from happening, Musk is urging governments to adopt regulation to keep AI's advancement in check.

I'm not sure if this is a good idea (or a good time) to introduce red tape to an industry which is contributing so much to our living standard. Whatever threat that may happen in the future, I think it will be a really far future (when we will probably run out of oil already). The current rapid growth in AI technology is significantly improving our living standards. It may even increase the feasibility of a basic income sooner. Isn't it better that machine will do most of the work while we will worry less about making ends meet and get to do what we are really passionate about?

I opt for free AI development at this stage. Admittedly, we will keep an eye on its evolvement for future regulatory consideration.

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Jul 16, 2017

Elon Musk is seizing an opportunity. For at least this generation and most likely the next, everyone in Washington will be too idiotic to have even the most vague clue as to how "AI" works (hint: it's not AI). Right now all we have are a bunch of statistical equations that, when optimized in real-time, provide acceptably accurate estimates of some future quantity. That's literally all we've got.

Media is as stupid as Washington, however, and the common man is even more uninformed than either, so any kind of scary clickbait article about "The Machines" and "AI" is enough to make Joe Schmoe shit his pants, grab his gun(s), and start Googling whether he can turn his Ford F150 battery into a homemade EMP because that's what they used in The Matrix, but not before clicking through 900 more pages on Breitbart and Zerohedge to affirm his opinion and in turn generating for them some $6-8.

Musk wants to create alarm and he wants Washington to be afraid and he wants to be seen as Computer Messiah so that he can have a hand in shaping regulation that will benefit his companies. He's got Tesla, Space X (which is already taking NASA's lunch money), Hyperloop One, OpenAI, NeuraLink, and PayPal. Guess what? Each of those stands to reshape society somehow and each one is a great candidate for receiving taxpayer money. His "AI is coming for your jobs" bullshit is quite literally the same as something the evil OCP Corp. from Robocop would tell the denizens of that universe: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt.

Fuck Musk.

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Jul 17, 2017

I agree that AI is at a very early stage and we should not freak out just yet. The "AI is coming for your jobs" statement can be perceived in different ways. I think it may be a good thing since humans can focus our effort and time elsewhere. However, we will still need to worry about AI at some point in the far future. Besides Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates also chipped in their voices.

Jul 17, 2017