Tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have been arguing about whether AI will doom humanity or not — with Musk essentially warning us that killer robots are inevitable, while Zuckerberg takes a more “optimistic” approach.
Last week, Musk warned U.S. governors that AI posed a “fundamental risk to the existence of civilization” unless regulations were introduced. “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal,” Musk said, as reported by The Guardian.
This isn’t a new fear for Musk. Back in 2014, he was warning us about Terminator-style killer robots, and earlier this year Musk said that humans should become cyborgs, or else risk being “house cats” to more intelligent robots.
In response, Zuckerberg has called Musk’s warnings “pretty irresponsible”. In a Q&A session on Facebook, Zuckerberg was asked, “what are your thoughts on AI and how could it affect the world?”
He said that he was “optimistic” about AI and that, “ 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.”
Zuckerberg believes that instead of killing us all, AI will actually save lives. “One of the top causes of death for people is car accidents, still, and if you can eliminate that with AI, that is going to be just a dramatic improvement,” he said.
Musk then tweeted that Zuckerberg’s understanding of the situation was “limited.” For humanity’s sake, let’s all hope that Mark Zuckerberg has called this one.