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Short Bytes: Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are involved in the public debate (read fight) about the implications of AI. Zuckerberg, in a Facebook video, termed the people who speak of dangerous AI-scenarios as “pretty irresponsible.” On the other hand, Musk fired back by saying that Zuckerberg’s understanding of the subject is “limited.”

You might be knowing about Elon Musk’s stance on dangers of artificial intelligence and demands of regulations. In the past, on numerous occasions, Musk has said that people should be concerned about AI and its increasing indulgence into human lives.

On the other hand, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed his disinterest and said that people who talk about AI doomsday are “pretty irresponsible.” As expected, Elon Musk didn’t like this comment and fired back at the Facebook boss.

Musk took the Twitter-route and said that Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is limited.

He further added that AI is improving (both hardware and software) at a fast pace.

Now, coming back to Zuckerberg, he was chatting with fans on a Facebook live stream. He said that the people who are arguing against AI are the ones who’re against safer cars and better diagnosis of diseases.

“I think that people who are naysayers and kinda of try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just don’t understand it. I think it’s really negative and in some ways, I actually think it is pretty irresponsible,” Zuckerberg said.

If we take a look at the view of other experts on the suspect, viewpoint of Zuckerberg can be easily rejected. The genuine risks involved have been repeatedly pointed out, including the risk of losing jobs, increasing inequality, and dependence on algorithms. To me, it looks as if Zuckerberg is refusing to look outside his closed garden of Facebook and assess the real world scenarios.

This outright refusal of AI threats by Zuckerberg also raises questions regarding his future vision and makes me wonder if he really intends to “change the world” as he regularly promises or stick to his game of earning dollars by making people addicted to his world of virtual friends.

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Also Read: Indian Artificial Intelligence Landscape 2017
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Adarsh Verma
Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]

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