In the ongoing verbal clash between two top techies, Elon Musk, Founder and CEO of SpaceX and Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook, the former has taken on the latter saying that his understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is limited.
On Monday, Elon Musk tweeted:
I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2017
Musk had shot this tweet in response to a tweet by a Twitter user @dcunni (Darren Cunningham) in which he had shared a media report which said “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg blasts Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s warning against artificial intelligence as pretty irresponsible”.
Musk’s tweet came after Zuckerberg, during a live video on Facebook last week, criticized Musk for maintaining that Artificial Intelligence must be regulated and used with care in future if it becomes mainstream. This happened when a Facebook user asked Zuckerberg,
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?
In reply to this question, Zuckerberg said that Musk was growing weary of the “fear-mongering surrounding the futuristic technology”.
As quoted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Zuckerberg’s reply to this query was,
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.
This response from Zuckerberg came soon after Musk voiced his anti-Artificial Intelligence opinion saying that it needs to be regulated because it poses a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.
Musk has been talking about the potential threats posed by AI. At the National Governors Association’s summer meeting, Tesla CEO had said,
I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it. 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.
Zuckerberg, on the other hand, has an entirely different vision of Artificial Intelligence that it will accomplish life-saving services in the field of medical science and driving, preventing death of humans from accidents. While he acknowledged the likeliness of danger, he still does not support the naysayers of AI.