Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had the cool idea of conducting a Facebook Live with followers while smoking meats in his backyard in Palo Alto, California on Sunday afternoon. Unlike his barbecue session that was burning hot, he is cold on the idea of other tech titans in expressing fears on the future of artificial intelligence.
In fact, Zuckerberg not only gave an opposing view but actually admonished fellow Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk who sounded the alarm on artificial intelligence posing a threat to the well-being of humanity.
Zuckerberg answered a question on AI and the opinions expressed by Elon Musk about his fears related to it. The Facebook CEO insisted that “AI is going to make our lives in the future, and doomsday scenarios are “pretty irresponsible.”
Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, early in July said that AI will cause massive job disruption, that robots “will be able to do everything better than us.” Musk also added: “I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”
Zuckerberg said in the Facebook Live session that he is against spreading fear about the promise of AI. He said: “I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic. I think you can build things and the world gets better. But with AI especially, I am really optimistic.”
He event went on to question the the intent of the “naysayers” and judge their behavior. Zuckerberg said: “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. In the next five to 10 years, AI is going to deliver so many improvements in the quality of our lives.”
The young CEO also pointed that AI is already helping diagnose diseases, and key to self-driving cars that could lessen road accidents. He also argued that generally technology can be used for good or bad, so it’s a choice on how it is built, developed and eventually used. He stressed: “But people who are arguing for slowing down the process of building AI, I just find that questionable. I have a hard time wrapping my head around that.”
But Musk is not the only tech titan who is worried about what AI could mean for humanity, that is why he is pushing for proactive regulation around AI. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates thinks that while robots doing more work in the future is positive, he also shared his concern about the potential of AI in the long run.
The billionaire said: “I am in the camp that is super concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”
Perhaps Mark Zuckerberg thinks he knows it all and knows it best than all these tech titans combined and that he is the ‘responsible’ one with his rabid pro-AI views?