Elon Musk urges governments to protect public from AI

Global Government Forum | November 19, 2019

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has warned that artificial intelligence (AI) is a potential danger to the public, arguing that governments should step in quickly to manage the risks. Musk, the investor and engineer behind companies such as Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink, was speaking on the Lex Fridman Artificial Intelligence podcast last week. Asked by Fridman to identify the most promising or interesting investment opportunity, Musk responded: “I think there’s a tremendous amount of investment going on in AI. Where there is a lack of investment is in AI safety, and there should be, in my view, a government agency that oversees anything related to AI to confirm that it does not represent a public safety risk.” He referred to US agencies responsible for public safety such as the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Our U.S. Science Envoy for Oceans visited South Africa recently. In between meeting university students, leaders in government, academia and the private sector to discuss effective solutions to shared environmental problems, and bobbing in boats in bays in the Eastern and Western Cape, she took some time to answer questions on ocean issues such as acidification, pollution and the blue economy.

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Our U.S. Science Envoy for Oceans visited South Africa recently. In between meeting university students, leaders in government, academia and the private sector to discuss effective solutions to shared environmental problems, and bobbing in boats in bays in the Eastern and Western Cape, she took some time to answer questions on ocean issues such as acidification, pollution and the blue economy.

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