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Musk: Government needs to regulate artificial intelligence

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Tesla will partner with French renewable energy company Neoen to build the 100-megawatt battery farm in South Australia state. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the government should consider regulations for artificial intelligence because it poses "a fundamental existential risk for human civilization." Musk made the comments over the weekend during the National Governors Association's summer meeting in Providence, R.I. Musk says AI is the "scariest problem" because of its potential to harm humans beyond just disrupting the job market. Musk wants the government to set regulations in place to root out threats early. "AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation than reactive," said Musk. "By the time we're reactive in AI regulation, it's too late."

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