Source: E-Cell, IIT Bombay

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have entered into a public squabble over AI in which the former CEO said that the knowledge of Facebook CEO is limited in the Artificial Intelligence field.

Potential dangers are not so imaginary: Musk

Musk had lead the groundwork for the nerdiest fight of the world. Earlier this month, the CEO did it again for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because he believes that it is posing a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization. This month, the Tesla CEO told a gathering of US governors that the potential dangers are not so imaginary and they should move to regulate artificial intelligence.

He said, “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.” It is not really new for Musk to issue warnings as he has been doing it since years now. The CEO is mainly concerned that humans will become second-class citizens in a future that is dominated by AI. Also, the CEO of SpaceX is concerned that people will face Terminator-style robot uprising. Is he wrong? We cannot say.

On Sunday, the Facebook CEO denounced all the warnings of Musk, calling them “pretty irresponsible”. Zuckerberg was making the comments during a Facebook Live broadcast from his Palo Alto home. A viewer asked him, “I watched a recent interview with Elon Musk and his largest fear for the future was AI. What are your thoughts on AI and how could it affect the world?” To this, Zuckerberg answered, “I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic. 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.”

Mark’s understand on the subject is limited: Musk

Zuckerberg said, “One of the top causes of death for people is car accidents, still, and if you can eliminate that with AI, that is going to be just a dramatic improvement.” The Facebook CEO thinks that AI will have much less dystopian apps, and it will be responsible for saving lives by powering driverless cars and through disease diagnosis. He said, “One of the top causes of death for people is car accidents, still, and if you can eliminate that with AI, that is going to be just a dramatic improvement.”

Musk said on his favorite social media platform – Twitter – a day later, “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.” Zuckerberg had a comeback for that as well, he wrote on his Facebook page, “As I’m here in Africa, I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent.”

 

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