"I have access to the very most cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it," the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said, He described it as "the biggest risk we face as a civilization."
Oddly for someone who drifts toward a libertarian bent, Musk suggested that the best remedy was regulation. Proactive regulation.
"AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late," he said.
We can't wait for bad things to happen, he said, as usually happens before regulations come into being.
He added: "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, along with Stephen Hawking and many other luminaries, has already warned that AI could be a major threat to us all.