Speaking to more than thirty of the nation’s governors on Saturday, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk quieted the room with this warning: “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”

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Musk was speaking as part of a panel with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, Rhode Island about a variety of topics, but his comments on artificial intelligence were the most striking amid questions about renewable energy, how to get people to care about NASA, cars without steering wheels, and technology regulation.
“On the artificial intelligence front, I have exposure the very, most cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” Musk told Sandoval.

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