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Twitter executive chairman Elon Musk continues to push for increased regulatory oversight of artificial intelligence, arguing that in the future it could be “smarter than all humans in everything.”
In a keynote video address at the Chinese government-backed artificial intelligence conference on July 5, Musk reportedly noted that governments should be concerned about deep intelligence and urged regulators to intervene to prevent its misuse.
“I really think that we should be very careful with development, especially artificial general intelligence or very deep intelligence. […] Artificial General Intelligence is a computer intelligence that is smarter than all humans in everything. That’s something we should be worried about,” Musk said, acknowledging that “it’s important to have some sort of regulatory oversight” on that front.
The concept of artificial general intelligence, or AGI, refers to a subset of artificial intelligence that assumes that machines will compete with or even surpass humans in intelligence. This technology, also known as deep AI, adds human cognitive abilities to the program, allowing machines to learn in the same way as humans.
In his keynote, Musk also addressed autonomous vehicles and robots, noting that they could bring “very profound changes” to the world, adding that “we have to be careful about it to make sure it benefits humanity.”
Musk’s comments follow the unveiling of Tesla’s humanoid robot a few months ago. The prototype, dubbed “Optimus”, was first unveiled at the automaker’s “AI Day” event last September as a showcase for the company’s latest advances in artificial intelligence. “As time passes, it seems that at some point it could exceed the ratio of one to one, in more robots than humans, and potentially much more,” Musk said.
China is reportedly stepping up its efforts to develop AI. At a recent meeting attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and prominent members of the Communist Party, Beijing highlighted its ambitions to lead the global AI race.
According to local Xinhua news agency, Chinese leaders discussed the need for “a focused effort to protect political security and improve Internet data and artificial intelligence security management.”