‘Technology with no regulations is scary as hell’

Will.i.am is an entertainer, activist and philanthropist. He’s also well-known for his entrepreneurial spirit and futuristic leanings, including his equity stake in Beats before it was bought by Apple and an AI collaboration with IBM, but he also shares deep concerns about Big Tech. 

“Technology is amazing,” he told Yahoo Finance Presents. “Technology with no regulations is scary as hell. Technology with no regulations and tech giants that are not accountable for selling our data to foreign nations and anybody that wants to buy it to manipulate and persuade us to do things we never would have done in the first place — that should be forbidden.”

Will.i.am’s comments come on the heels of the Department of Justice and 11 U.S. states filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google (GOOG, GOOGL), accusing it of engaging in anticompetitive behavior in its search and search advertising businesses.

Musician will.i.am (R) uses his mobile phone to take a photograph as NASA astronaut Leland Melvin looks on during a news conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California August 5, 2012. will.i.am attended the conference to promote science and technology education. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover is set to land on Mars in the late evening of August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENTERTAINMENT)
Musician will.i.am at NASA’s Jet Propulsion
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This A.I. CEO says if governments don’t regulate technology, we will live in a ‘very scary place’

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Thomas Siebel wearing a suit and tie: C3.ai CEO Tom Siebel on Leadership Next podcast

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C3.ai CEO Tom Siebel on Leadership Next podcast

Tom Siebel, long-time Silicon Valley investor and the CEO of C3.ai, has first-hand knowledge of the capacity of artificial intelligence, both to create “goodness and light” and to make the world “a very scary place.” On the latest episode of “Leadership Next,” Siebel shared with hosts Alan Murray and Ellen McGirt his views on technology regulation.


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“If government does not regulate we will be sorry,” he said. And that’s coming from someone who claims he isn’t “really a big government guy.”

Particularly in the use of A.I. for human systems, Siebel is wary of over-dependence on machine learning. The use of the technology is inevitable, he said, but the possibility for introducing and worsening

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