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During his recent visit to Beijing, renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk dropped a bombshell revelation, shedding light on China’s upcoming foray into the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) regulation. Musk, the owner of Twitter and a prominent figure in the tech industry, disclosed that his discussions during the visit indicated China’s intentions to implement new regulations on AI technology. These remarks were made during a Twitter livestream with Robert Kennedy Jr., a Republican presidential hopeful and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy. The disclosure has ignited curiosity and speculation about the potential impact of China’s AI regulatory reforms on the global tech landscape.
Elon Musk Says
During my recent trip to China, I had the opportunity to engage in some highly productive discussions with senior leadership about the risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI) and the necessity for oversight and regulation. It is worth noting that China intends to initiate AI regulation within its borders, based on my understanding from those conversations. One point I emphasized was the potential risk to the sovereignty of the Chinese government if an overwhelmingly powerful digital superintelligence were to emerge from China. I believe they took that concern to heart. While I cannot provide elaborate details about the discussions, it is believed that they align with China’s new sweeping draft law on AI, as reported by AFP. These revelations have sparked significant interest and speculation regarding the implications of China’s AI regulatory reforms on both domestic and global technology landscapes.
China’s New Law on AI: Security Assessment and Core Values
China has introduced a comprehensive draft law on artificial intelligence (AI) that brings about significant changes. According to this new law, any new AI products must undergo a thorough security assessment before they can be released. Additionally, these AI products will need to align with “core socialist values” as part of the evaluation process.
Referred to as the “Administrative Measures for Generative Artificial Intelligence Services,” the directive also includes strict regulations on content. It reportedly prohibits the dissemination of “terrorist or extremist propaganda,” “ethnic hatred,” or any content that could potentially disrupt the economic and social order within the country.
Given China’s highly centralized political system, the implementation of these measures is highly likely, as reported by AFP.
Elon Musk’s Visit to China: Praising China’s Potential
Elon Musk, a prominent billionaire and one of the wealthiest individuals globally, recently embarked on a two-day visit to China. During his stay, he held meetings with high-ranking officials in Beijing and also interacted with employees in Shanghai.
Interestingly, Musk refrained from posting on social media platforms during his time in China, where strict regulations govern online communication. Additionally, Tesla, the company he co-founded, has not shared detailed summaries of his discussions with Chinese officials.
However, according to official Chinese sources cited by AFP, Musk had positive remarks about China. He praised the country for its dynamic energy and promising prospects, expressing his utmost confidence in the Chinese market.
Elon Musk and China: Controversial Remarks and Interests
According to AFP, Elon Musk’s significant involvement in China has attracted attention, particularly in Washington.
In the past, the CEO of Tesla sparked controversy by expressing his opinion that Taiwan, a region with aspirations of self-governance, should be part of China. This stance was favorably received by China, but it caused dissatisfaction in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.