Elon Musk Smacks Down Mark Zuckerberg on AI

first_imgThe CEO of Facebook held a Q and A this weekend from his backyard. Zuckerberg’s been doing a lot to clean up his image — traveling around the country, meeting all kinds of people, and showing a new level of transparency with doting followers. In the session, he screen questions about all kinds of things, including one about the apocalyptic potential of AI.“I watched a recent interview with Elon Musk,” they asked. “And his largest fear for the future was AI. What are your thoughts on AI and how it could affect the world?”Elon Musk has been pretty vocal about his mistrust of AI, and for a damned good reason, but Mark Zuckerberg isn’t so sure.“I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios. I just, I don’t understand it. It’s really negative, and in some ways, I actually think it is pretty irresponsible,” Zuck said. “In the next five to 10 years, AI is going to deliver so many improvements in the quality of our lives.”After someone sent that to Musk, the Tesla, Space X, and Boring Company CEO shot back.“I’ve talked to Mark about this,” he said. “His understanding of the subject is limited.”I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2017Musk is known for his quirks, but it’s not common for one business titan to knock another so directly. That their opinions differ so strongly, though, points to deep divisions on how people in the tech community feel about AI.For one to claim that it is a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization” so much that he wanted special regulations and rules put in place, as well as an upending of our entire economic system and another to think those predictions are dangerously overblown is curious.While I’ve definitely beat my own drum about AI before (it really does keep me up at night), there are quite a few positives too. I’m smart enough to admit that sometimes I get too into the bad side of things.It’s possible, for example, for AI to slot into American society at least rather easily. Yeah, we could be looking at a lot of lost jobs, but we’re also about to lose millions and millions of baby boomers to retirement. Many fields are expecting massive labor shortages soon. It’s possible AI will simply help us make up the difference.Weirdly, though, I think that’s rather pessimistic. A more “apocalyptic” scenario, like a major economic shift could be humanity’s greatest blessing. I, for one, would love to have benevolent robot overlords. And to be free from the need to work on anything at all. Hey, it works in Star Trek!Kirk and Picard just wouldn’t be able to run around doing all their cool things if they had to worry about something as infantile as money. I see the potential of robots to totally revolutionize the way we live, freeing humans from work forever and allowing us to enjoy whatever we like and indulge our many curiosities. Isn’t that way more awesome than flipping burgers or trading stocks?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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