What happens when two of the most successful and richest people on the planet get into a public display disagreement? It becomes a thing everyone talks about, discusses, dissects and writes articles about. The owner of Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a very public argument on social media.
Claiming that Artificial Intelligence or AI poses an “existential threat” is something that ticked the Facebook giant off. But that wasn’t all. It was Musk’s stance of Zuckerberg having a limited understanding of Artificial Intelligence that set the ball rolling. Zuckerberg, in a Facebook Live video called the Tesla founder’s stance on “pretty irresponsible”. In response to that, Musk promptly put up a tweet saying that Zuckerberg does not understand fully the concept of AI.
While Zuckerberg’s affinity for AI is known by the way he is promoting the concept full-speed through investments and philanthropic efforts, it is also apparent that it isn’t merely for the love of AI. Evidently, AI is at the heart of Facebook’s future and that can be said by explicitly stating AI to being the key aspect of Facebook.The Social media network aims at creating realistic bots that one can speak to as if they were human beings. So in a way, it also makes sense for Zuckerberg to defend the concept he heavily places the future on.
In his Facebook Live stream, he also mentioned that slowing down advancing efforts made towards AI will ultimately result in the impact and speed with which the development of technologies ranging from self-driving cars to advanced medical diagnoses methods are being made.
On the other hand, Musk’s statements that the threat AI poses to humankind will not be taken seriously until robots are walking down the street killing people are not being met with welcoming reactions. It is true that Tesla itself uses AI in its self-driving cars, Musk’s intention is to have regulations to make sure there is security around this tech phenomenon being used wisely, to keep everything in check so that technology does not become too powerful to control.
However, having said that, Zuckerberg isn’t the only one who thinks Musk might be taking the fear of this not so optimistic stance too far. Many researchers in universities also believe that everyone should be free to work on the technology without any limitations. Hence, while Musk may hope to see regulations concerning AI, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.