WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk created headlines last month by bringing their disagreement in public.
- The spat, published in social media, was brought about by their different views regarding Artificial Intelligence or AI.
- Observers, however, are accusing the two technology tycoons of plainly protecting their own companies.
Two of the world’s richest people are using social media to publicize their different views about the rise of Artificial Intelligence.
Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk said that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of Artificial Intelligence is limited.
This tweet was Musk’s reply to Zuckerberg when the latter made a comment in a Facebook Live broadcast. The FB CEO called Musk’s long-established concerns that AI poses a threat to people “pretty irresponsible.”
On his Facebook Live stream, Zuckerberg pointed out that delaying AI advancement will affect the development of technologies. These include modern medical diagnoses equipment, self-driving cars and everything in between.
The FB mogul is accused of just protecting his brand and not really defending the technology because AI will be a major part of Facebook’s future.
The social network has been making a lot of investments in artificial intelligence technology. They aim to create robots that look and sound real to interact with humans on Facebook.
Early this year, Facebook’s director of applied machine learning Joaquin Candela revealed that Facebook along with Instagram and Messenger use some form of AI.
The statement further confirmed that Zuckerberg’s published comments were not really intended to defend AI and its technology but to protect his personal interest in the further development of Facebook’s technology.
In July, Musk said that AI presents a threat to people. He is frustrated that no one is taking this seriously and feared the day that robots are starting to take human lives.
Zuckerberg thinks Musk is way over his head on his doomsday stories regarding killer robots.
Tesla also uses some type of AI technology to give power to its self-driving vehicles. But it’s not mainly depending on AI because Tesla, after all, is an electric car company.
The Tesla boss is urging the government to regulate AI before the technology becomes uncontrollable. Musk is not likely to see that from happening soon because a House panel just recently started talks about federal rules governing the technology of self-driving cars. His argument needed to wait in line.