Elon Musk’s top cybersecurity concern: Preventing a fleet-wide hack of Teslas

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned that regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it’s a ‘fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation’. When he was asked about the time he spent on Trump’s economic advisory council and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, Musk told Axios, “I got a lot of flack from multiple fronts for even trying”.

In the summer conference of National Governors Association held at Rhodes Island, Musk talked about the ecology impacting futuristic technologies like space travel, solar energy, self-driving cars, etc. during a question-and-answer session.

“It takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization”, Musk continued.

Musk added that it has become his top concern from a security standpoint and he believes that it will become a growing concern in the future.

Musk feels that artificial intelligence is one of those cases in which one should be proactive with regulations and not reactive because by the time people react, it will be too late.

“AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive about regulation instead of reactive”, he said. He stressed the importance of forming regulations to prevent companies from building their artificial intelligence to keep up with competitors who are doing the same.

The SpaceX and Tesla founder warned the concerned authorities of the mistakes in policy-making, particularly that regulations are usually set up when “bad things happen” and when there is a “public outcry”.

Artificial intelligence sure is the creation of the human mind but with a potential to take over the civilization.

Here’s the entire interview:So what exactly is Musk suggesting we do about it? Among those nominated that year were people who believe in the “artificial intelligence apocalypse” and folks who choose taxi cabs over rider-sharing companies like Uber, among others. Musk, giving the business world some undefeatable business goals, had once revealed, “My proceeds from PayPal were $180m”.

Watch Elon’s remarks in the video below, beginning at the 43 minute mark. He highlighted that AI recently defeated humans at the game “Go”, a feat once thought to be virtually impossible.

Musk has said on several occasions that Tesla plans to showcase a cross-country journey made in a self-driving auto, and with no human intervention, that will travel from California to a parking garage in NY by the end of 2017.