Against vague calls for AI regulation

Elon Musk made headlines today by stating that “all org[anizations] developing advanced AI should be regulated, including Tesla.” While Musk's invitation to regulate his own company is refreshing, I am tired of calls to regulate AI that are unaccompanied by any specific proposals. Such statements amount, in the language of social scientists, to “cheap talk.” How, exactly should we regulate Tesla and its peers? If Tesla's CEO says that Tesla needs to be more regulated, one must ask: which specific nefarious activities is Tesla engaged in, and why will it continue those activities unless the government forces it to stop?