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Elon Musk: Everyone, “Including Tesla,” Needs AI Regulation

February 18th 20__Foster Kamer__Filed Under: Artificial Intelligence
Daniel Oberhaus

The Quote

Via TechCrunch, Elon Musk, Monday night, on Twitter (of course):

The Context

Musk was responding to a massive feature story published in the MIT Technology Review about OpenAI, the AI research lab founded in part by Elon Musk, alongside others.

The lab operates with the mission of developing safe and ethical AI that’ll be good for the world. But MIT Tech’s reporting tells of how Open AI went from being a transparent organization to a relatively opaque one (hence Musk’s preceding Tweet about OpenAI needing to “be more open”).

The Upshot

Musk’s ability to self-aggrandize or self-flagellate is usually surprising in equal measure, but never shocking: Industries often argue for their own regulation as a way to keep government regulators off their backs.

Though credit where it’s due: Musk has been, as in the case of when he argued in favor of regulating autonomous weapons, more substantially — and more effectively — vocal than most when it comes to regulating AI. Whether or not this will have any substantial effects on other companies (statements from CEOs, regulatory commission efforts, etc) let alone Tesla or OpenAI will be nothing if not a compelling plot to watch.

READ MORE: The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world [MIT Technology Review]

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