Elon Musk likes most technology, but he wants one sector regulated


Electric cars, an underground "hyperloop" and a manned mission to Mars are all A-OK for inventor and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. But there's one technology he's still holding out on: artificial intelligence.

That's why he encouraged U.S. governors to get out in front of the industry and do some proactive regulating.

Musk met with state governors at the National Governors Association to talk about different kinds of emerging technology. In addition to A.I., Musk talked about solar energy, space travel and self-driving cars.

"AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not," Musk said.

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But his feelings towards A.I. aren't anything new.

"I mean, with artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon," Musk said at a 2014 event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Musk warned that the hyper-competitiveness of the tech industry could push developers to work on A.I. before their competitors. And if that happens without any kind of oversight, Musk says it could pose "the greatest risk we face as a civilization."

Back in 2015, Musk helped fund OpenAI, a nonprofit tasked with researching "digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity."

And Musk isn't the only prominent techno-wiz to warn us about A.I. Stephen Hawking has said he believes artificial intelligence could "spell the end of the human race."

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Hyperloop tubes are displayed during the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company plans to create a fully operational hyperloop system by 2020.

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Elon Musk speaks at the Hyperloop pod competition on January 29, 2017. To accelerate the development of a functional Hyperloop prototype, a high speed transportation system that Musk proposed in 2013, SpaceX staged a student pod competition.

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An employee carries out final checks on a vacuum system before delivery to the Hyperloop transportation system technology applications company at the Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH factory in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, June 30, 2016. In 2013, billionaire Elon Musk first unveiled his vision of a transportation system in which capsules hurtling on a cushion of air would whisk people at 700 miles per hour, traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour.

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The rLoop team shows their INFIRA pod during the SpaceX Hyperloop competition in Hawthorne, California on January 29, 2017. Students from 30 colleges and universities from the US and around the world are taking part in testing their pods on a 1.25 kilometer-long Hyperloop track at the SpaceX headquarters.

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Sand rises from the track as a test sled is slowed during the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Hyperloop One stages the first public demonstration of a key component of the startup's futuristic rail transit concept that could one day ferry passengers at near supersonic speeds.

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People photograph the interior of a Hyperloop tube after the first test of a propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company plans to create a fully operational hyperloop system by 2020.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk(C) speaks during the SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition in Hawthorne, California on January 29, 2017. Students from 30 colleges and universities from the US and around the world are taking part in testing their pods on a 1.25 kilometer-long Hyperloop track at the SpaceX headquarters.

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The EDGE pod, the smallest hyperloop pod designed by Keio University in Japan, is displayed during the SpaceX Hyperloop competition in Hawthorne, California on January 29, 2017. Students from 30 colleges and universities from the US and around the world are taking part in testing their pods on a 1.25 kilometer-long Hyperloop track at the SpaceX headquarters.

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Robert 'Rob' Lloyd, chief executive officer of Hyperloop Transport Technologies Inc., gestures as he speaks during Automobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. The Connected Car Expo and LA Auto Show press days have merged to form AutoMobility LA. The show is open to the public November 18-27.

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A winch supports screws before being inserted into a Dryvac compressing screw vacuum pump at the Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH factory in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, June 30, 2016. In 2013, billionaire Elon Musk first unveiled his vision of a transportation system in which capsules hurtling on a cushion of air would whisk people at 700 miles (1,130 kilometers) per hour, traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour.

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An employee holds a bearing ring during the assembly of a Dryvac compressing screw vacuum pump at the Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH factory in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, June 30, 2016. In 2013, billionaire Elon Musk first unveiled his vision of a transportation system in which capsules hurtling on a cushion of air would whisk people at 700 miles per hour, traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour.

(Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A Hyperloop tube is displayed during the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company plans to create a fully operational hyperloop system by 2020.

(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images,)

A recovery vehicle and a test sled sit on rails after the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hyperloop One stages the first public demonstration of a key component of the startup's futuristic rail transit concept that could one day ferry passengers at near supersonic speeds.

(JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

People look at a demonstration test sled after the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company plans to create a fully operational hyperloop system by 2020.

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A test sled is propelled along a set of tracks during the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company plans to create a fully operational hyperloop system by 2020.

(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images,)

The pod displayed in the booth for MIT Hyperloop, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, during the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.

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The pod cover for team Openloop, a six school alliance including Northeastern, Memorial University, Princeton, Cornell, Harvey Mudd College and the University of Michigan at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.

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Team members from WARR Hyderloop, Technical University of Munich place their pod on the track during the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.

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A student from the Delft University of Technology inspects the team's pod before it enters the Hyperloop test track. To accelerate the development of a functional Hyperloop prototype, a high speed transportation system that Musk proposed in 2013, SpaceX staged a student pod competition.

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Robert 'Rob' Lloyd, chief executive officer of Hyperloop Transport Technologies Inc., gestures as he speaks during Automobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. The Connected Car Expo and LA Auto Show press days have merged to form AutoMobility LA. The show is open to the public November 18-27.

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