Tesla CEO with Mark Zuckerberg spat continues
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla has said Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of the future of artificial intelligence (AI) is “limited”.
Mark Zuckerberg, talking to viewers on Facebook live while at a barbecue, said, doomsday scenarios about AI “pretty irresponsible”. This is in response to a question submitted by a user referring to an interview with Elon Musk, in which Musk said his largest fear for the future was artificial intelligence (AI)
Elon Musk is known to voice his fears about AI, he previously said that AI will cause massive job disruption and that robots “will be able to do everything better than us.” Musk also advocated a policy of universal basic income to protect people from the fallout of AI disruption.
Mark Zuckerberg could not disagree anymore, and very strongly too.
“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. In the next five to 10 years, AI is going to deliver so many improvements in the quality of our lives,” Zuckerberg said.
Despite the fact that both billionaires are not in the same competing industry, the strong feeling they both have on this subject is strong enough to trigger a war of words.
A Twitter user posted an article about Zuckerberg’s comments. Musk, responding to the tweet, said that he has already spoken to Zuckerberg about this and that the Facebook CEO’s “understanding of the subject is limited.”
Another twitter user replied that he should write a blog post, to which Musk responded jokingly that a movie on the subject is “coming soon”.
Musk has previously warned that humans will need to merge with machines or risk becoming irrelevant. And while the two might disagree on the impact AI has, Zuckerberg, like Musk, agrees with the idea of a universal basic income to help cushion any impact of AI.
Mark Zuckerberg is a fan, or let’s say an addict of AI, in Dec 2016, he wrote a blog post about his AI project called Jarvis capable of running his home at a prompt.
My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home — like Jarvis in Iron Man.
My goal was to learn about the state of artificial intelligence — where we’re further along than people realize and where we’re still a long ways off. These challenges always lead me to learn more than I expected, and this one also gave me a better sense of all the internal technology Facebook engineers get to use, as well as a thorough overview of home automation.
So far this year, I’ve built a simple AI that I can talk to on my phone and computer, that can control my home, including lights, temperature, appliances, music and security, that learns my tastes and patterns, that can learn new words and concepts, and that can even entertain Max. It uses several artificial intelligence techniques, including natural language processing, speech recognition, face recognition, and reinforcement learning, written in Python, PHP and Objective C. In this note, I’ll explain what I built and what I learned along the way.
So, welcome to the future, both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg recognises the potential of AI, but both have a different take on it!
What’s your take on AI?
Will your job be safe?