A Clash of Titans: Musk vs. Zuckerberg

Two major tech giants have been at odds this week over a subject that keeps coming up in tech news, the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg feel very differently when it comes to this, and we want to see where you stand.

Artificial Intelligence, a branch of computer science, emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines, which work and react like humans.  The skills that these machines possess include voice and image recognition, decision making, object manipulation and movement, and translation between languages.  Apple’s digital assistant Siri, Google’s search engine, and Facebook’s photo tagging and news feeds all use AI.  

Last Sunday, Zuckerberg stated how he was excited about the growth of AI and continued on to say that naysayers of AI, like Elon Musk, are being “irresponsible.”

“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’re sick.  I just don’t see how, in good conscience, some people can do that.  I’m just more optimistic on this, in general, than probably a lot of folks are.” -Mark Zuckerberg

Elon Musk fired back on Twitter, stating that he has spoken to Zuckerberg and his knowledge of AI is ‘limited’.  He has reportedly warned people about it’s dangers and describes AI as a ‘potentially existential threat to the human race’.   

“The biggest risk isn’t that AI will develop on its own,  but rather that it will follow the will of people that establish its utility function or its optimization function, and that…if it is not well thought out—even if its intent is benign—it could have quite a bad outcome,”  – Elon Musk

Despite Musk’s claims of Zuckerberg’s limited knowledge of AI, Zuckerberg has incorporated AI into his everyday life. In 2016, Zuckerberg introduced the world to Jarvis, an AI system voiced by Morgan Freeman, that runs his home and personal life.  Facebook is also developing features for reality worlds and smartphones that will be used with the company’s headset, Oculus.

Elon Musk is also well versed in the knowledge and implications of AI.  Musk has worked with Tesla in the goal of creating a self-driving car.  He’s also heading a startup, Neuralink, that intends to build devices to connect the human brain with computers.

When it comes to this technology, experts from all backgrounds of tech have taken varying stances as far as the implication of this in the future.

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