Mark Zuckerberg said Elon Musk's doomsday AI predictions are 'irresponsible'

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

"I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it".

Earlier, Elon Musk, speaking at a meeting of the National governors Association, said that "artificial intelligence is the main threat facing human civilization".

The billionaire said regulations will stop humanity from being outsmarted by computers, or "deep intelligence in the network", that can start wars by manipulating information. The businessman noted that it has access to the most advanced technologies of artificial intelligence. "A.I.is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation [rather] than be reactive".

A user submitted a question, which Zuckerberg read out loud: "I watched a recent interview with Elon Musk and his largest fear for future was AI. What are your thoughts on AI, and how it could affect the world?"

Zuckerberg said it's ultimately about being careful when developing AI technology. "One of the things that I do feel strongly about, and I know a lot of people in my generation agree with, is that we really want to give everyone the opportunity to go pursue what matters to them and to go make a big difference", he says during the Facebook live. But, with AI especially.

He continued: "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's pretty irresponsible'.

Mark Zuckerberg is 33 years old, worth nearly $70 billion, according to Forbes, and is running one of the largest, most influential tech companies in the world.

And, in some ways, he explains, these benefits are already here. "He also pointed towards the example of self-driving cars as an example of how AI will improve our lives". "I have a hard time wrapping my head around that." - he said.

In response, Zuckerberg said he disagrees with the fear surrounding AI. "If you can eliminate that with A.I., that is going to be just a dramatic improvement in people's lives".

"One of the top causes of death for people is vehicle accidents still and if you can eliminate that with AI, that is going to be just a dramatic improvement", Zuckerberg said. And you're arguing against being able to better diagnose people when they're sick and I just don't see how in good conscience some people can do that. "People who are arguing for slowing down the process of building AI, I find that really questionable", Zuckerberg concludes.

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