Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday, April 28, where he discussed various controversial topics that have been associated with him in recent years.
Musk, who some believe has become more conservative after purchasing Twitter last year, addressed his critics by stating that he views himself as a “moderate,” according to Insider. He emphasized his dedication to creating sustainable energy through electric cars, batteries, and solar power.
Musk’s use of Twitter has also become a hot topic, as he often claims to support “free speech” without limitations.
Notably, Musk disagreed with Twitter’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump’s account after the Capitol riots in January 2021, and his motivation to purchase the platform is primarily driven by his belief in protecting free speech.
Maher expressed his reluctance to use Twitter, despite Musk’s reputation as “the mayor of Tweettown,” and described it as walking on a roof with a blindfold. In response, Musk acknowledged that while people may attack and criticize, it does not mean one is “canceled.”
Musk revealed that he had discovered significant government-driven censorship on Twitter, considering it a constitutional violation. He referred to the “Twitter Files,” which allegedly contained evidence of censorship by the social media giant.
The conversation then shifted to Musk’s idea of colonizing Mars, which Maher found confusing and uninteresting. However, their discussion became more engaging when they addressed the subject of AI.
Musk advocated for increased AI regulation, citing potential risks to the public. He argued that a regulatory body should oversee companies’ AI activities to prevent dangerous shortcuts.
This is not the first time Musk has expressed concerns about the potential dangers of AI. He has long warned of its potential to surpass human intelligence and cause harm if not properly regulated.
In late March, Elon Musk and several other industry leaders and AI experts signed an open letter calling for a temporary halt to the development of powerful AI systems.
This collective action underscores the need for a cautious approach to AI and the importance of addressing potential risks and ethical concerns associated with its development.