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Elon Musk shares thoughts after meeting with US Senate Majority Leader

Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter CEO Elon Musk recently shared his thoughts following a meeting with US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Musk met with the official on Wednesday. 

After exiting the meeting, which reportedly lasted for about an hour, Musk informed reporters that he and the US official talked about the future. “We talked about the future. We talked about AI and the economy,” the CEO said. 

Schumer, for his part, noted that he had a fruitful meeting with the CEO. “We talked about Buffalo. Tesla has a large plant in Buffalo. And we talked about AI,” the official said. 

In a post on Twitter, Musk shared more of his thoughts about the meeting. As noted by the CEO, he and Schumer, together with some members of the US Congress, discussed artificial intelligence regulation. Musk noted in his post that AI has the power to do both good and evil, so it might as well do good. 

“Met with @SenSchumer and many members of Congress about artificial intelligence regulation today. That which affects safety of the public has, over time, become regulated to ensure that companies do not cut corners. AI has great power to do good and evil. Better the former,” Musk wrote. 

Musk has made his stance on AI regulation very clear, and Schumer seems to be on the same page. Earlier this month, the official noted that he had launched an effort to establish regulations on artificial intelligence to address education and natural security concerns, as noted in a Reuters report. 

The official noted that he had drafted a “framework that outlines a new regulatory regime that would prevent potentially catastrophic damage to our country while simultaneously making sure the US advances and leads in this transformative technology.”

Amidst the emergence and prevalence of AI tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Musk, together with a group of artificial intelligence experts and industry leaders, called for a six-month pause in the development of systems that are more capable than GPT-4. The group shared their thoughts in an open letter about the matter. 

“We call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least six months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. This pause should be public and verifiable and include all key actors. If such a pause cannot be enacted quickly, governments should step in and institute a moratorium,” the group wrote.

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