Artificial Intelligence: Are you Team Musk or Team Zuckerberg?

Humans have been fascinated with artificial intelligence since the dawn of machines. We have discussed it, made blockbuster movies that revolve around it, and now, it is here already. Artificial intelligence is creeping into our cars, offices, homes, phones and more. Already, robots function in places across the globe. Eventually, we will have human-like robots (androids) roaming our streets, living in our homes and working in our offices.

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Very soon, artificial intelligence will run more of our societies than humans do. After all, the allure of Ai is the convenience that it brings to our lives. We will let them do more and more so we can do less. Of course, there have been concerns about the possible threats that AI poses to the human race. There are also people who think that the concerns are not worth anything. Two men at the forefront of modern systems are [poster boys for each side of this divide.

Zuckerberg Versus Musk

Mark Zuckerberg thinks the concerns are unfounded. His position:

“If you’re arguing against AI, then you’re arguing against safer cars that aren’t going to have accidents. And you’re arguing against being able to better diagnose people when they’re sick. I just don’t see how, in good conscience, some people can do that. I’m just much more optimistic on this, in general, than probably a lot of folks are.”

Elon Musk fired back at him in a tweet:



This is an interesting face-off between two powerful men who are both invested in advanced technology, including artificial intelligence. I do not think that this is a black or white scenario. And I do not think that someone like Elon Musk is arguing against artificial intelligence. His autonomous Tesla cars would be impossible without AI. Pointing out the possible dangers or flaws of something is not the same as arguing against that thing.

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It is a scenario that I am all too familiar with. I point out that a certain path has problems and people just jump in to say I am saying the thing is not valid or will not work or should not be done. In reality, pointing out the flaws or pit holes of a thing means that you can better handle it.

Artificial Intelligence: Zero Threat?

I am with Elon Musk on this. It is not irresponsible to warn about negative possibilities. AI is bringing huge benefits to the human race, yet there are possible dangers in going forward in that direction. Acknowledging that does not mean that we must not continue to develop and pursue the technology. It simply means that we must thread carefully.

After all, we are pretty much unleashing a new generation of creations that can learn faster than humans, process information faster than the human brain can, as well as run without getting tired. I recall reading a piece recently about how through self-learning, an AI system has created and began to communicate in a language not known to humans. It is still crude and fascinating, but do imagine the possibilities.

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6 thoughts on “Artificial Intelligence: Are you Team Musk or Team Zuckerberg?

  • July 26, 2017 at 8:36 am
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    AI is a good development in the society, it’s part of us now, but there should be a limit to it. We can’t have AI in every department of our daily lives, or else there won’t be any work left for the humans

  • July 26, 2017 at 11:18 am
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    And why should humans work when. machines can do that better? Why employ a driver when you car can drive itself ?

    Why not grind pepper by hand, commercially , so that you can be engaged full time, instead of letting a blender handle that speedily, efficiently, without stress?

  • July 26, 2017 at 11:23 am
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    AI is bringing huge benefits to the human race, yet there are possible dangers in going forward in that direction.

    Well, we have human cloning, genetically modified food, hybrid animals like mules crafted from two different animals, nuclear bombs…

    Elon Musk is too late..Technology has gone too far already for this Elon Musk scaremongering..

    Besides, robots respond to external stimuli and react in a preprogrammed even if artificially intelligent manner.

    Only humans CAN and DO react based on internal ruminations, like volition, or intuition, fear, love, loyalty, hate, etc.., and that’s why robots would never conquer humanity.

  • July 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm
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    Team Zuckerberg.

    Lets face they are here to stay.

    I do hope they dont rule the world shaa.

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