July 25, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg’s knowledge of A.I.’s future is ‘limited,’ says Elon Musk

by Neha Monga

Billionaire Elon Musk said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s knowledge of the future of artificial intelligence is “limited” as he replied to a tweet where Zuckerberg blasted Musk’s warning against A.I. as ‘pretty irresponsible.’

Zuckerberg took to Facebook livestreaming to chat with his fans while at a barbecue this weekend.

On being asked, what were his thoughts on AI and how it could affect the future, by one of the users, Zuckerberg replied he is growing weary of the fear-mongering surrounding the futuristic technology.

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“I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic,” Zuckerberg said. “And 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.”

Musk who is fairly outspoken on this topic, recently said that its progress is the “biggest risk we face as a civilisation.”

“I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” the Tesla CEO said at the National Governors Association summer meeting. “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”

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Zuckerberg who disagrees with Musk and is pretty ‘optimistic’ about its future also said, “In the next five to ten years, AI is going to deliver so many improvements to our lives. (…) If you’re arguing against AI, then you’re arguing against safer cars that aren’t going to have accidents, and you’re arguing against being able to better diagnose people when they are sick.”

Artificial Intelligence is one of the hottest spaces in tech right now, with almost all the major tech companies trying to employ it in their businesses in some manner.

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