Musk: Artificial intelligence safety carries 'more risk' than North Korea

Brett Molina

According to Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, concerns over artificial intelligence safety carry "more risk" than the potential for a nuclear war with North Korea.

Musk made the remark on Twitter on August 11, with a poster reading "In the end the machines will win."

"If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be," Musk wrote. "Vastly more risk than North Korea."

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Musk's comments followed a demonstration by OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company sponsored by the entrepreneur, of its latest bot.

The bot was built to play the online game Dota 2, and defeated professional players who competed during last week's International tournament.

Musk has been outspoken about the potential dangers of AI and the need for government regulation. During the National Governors Association meeting in July, Musk urged lawmakers to consider rules for how AI is created.

"AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation than reactive," said Musk.

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His cautious stance on AI grabbed the attention of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said he's optimistic about the technology and claims a lot of the negative feedback is "really irresponsible."  Musk dismissed the comments, claiming Zuckerberg's knowledge of AI is "limited."

Musk wants the government to treat AI and its use as it would any other major industry. "Nobody likes being regulated, but everything (cars, planes, food, drugs, etc) that's a danger to the public is regulated," said Musk on Twitter. "AI should be too."

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