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Elon Musk gave a simple response to the vice president of artificial intelligence at Facebook after being questioned about his knowledge of the technology – ‘Facebook sucks.’
The blunt response was to a tweet posted by Jerome Pesenti, who criticized the billionaire’s warnings about the dangers of artificial general intelligence (AGI).
‘I believe a lot of people in the AI community would be ok saying it publicly,’ Pesenti wrote on Twitter.
‘[Musk] has no idea what he is talking about when he talks about AI. There is no such thing as AGI and we are nowhere near matching human intelligence.’
The statements follow a CNBC story interviewed AI researchers who deem Musk’s comments about AI as ‘inappropriate.’
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Elon Musk gave a simple response to the vice president of artificial intelligence at Facebook after being questioned about his knowledge of the technology – ‘Facebook sucks’
Musk has made his hatred for Facebook very clear in the past.
In February, the CEO spoke out against the firm by urging users to delete their accounts, calling the site ‘lame.’
He tweeted the #DeleteFacebook hashtag in response to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, a vocal critic of Facebook.
Baron Cohen had tweeted: ‘We don’t let 1 person control the water for 2.5 billion people. We don’t let 1 person control electricity for 2.5 billion people. Why do we let 1 man control the information seen by 2.5 billion people?
The blunt response was to a tweet posted by Jerome Pesenti, who criticized the billionaire’s warnings about the dangers of artificial general intelligence (AGI). ‘I believe a lot of people in the AI community would be ok saying it publicly,’ Pesenti wrote on Twitter
‘Facebook needs to be regulated by governments, not ruled by an emperor!’ he added, accompanied by a doctored photo of Mark Zuckerberg’s face on a Roman statue.
Musk replied: ‘#DeleteFacebook It’s lame’.
And the Twitter thread suggests the CEO’s dislike for Facebook has be reignited.
Musk, although fascinated by AI, has been an advocate about the dangers it poses on the human race.
‘We are hopelessly inadequate. We will be far, far surpassed in every single way. I guarantee it,’ Musk told g Alibaba chairman Jack Ma at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China.
‘I think generally people underestimate the capability of AI.’
‘But it’s going to be much more than that. It will be much smarter than the smartest human.’
In 2017, Musk gave an even more alarming warning about the technology.
The statements follow a CNBC story interviewed AI researchers who deem Musk’s comments about AI as ‘inappropriate’
In February, the CEO spoke out against the firm by urging users to delete their accounts, calling the site ‘lame.’ He tweeted the #DeleteFacebook hashtag in response to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, a vocal critic of Facebook
AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization,’ he said.
‘I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned by it.’
However, AI researchers do not seem to be onboard with the billionaire, calling his comments inappropriate and urge the public ‘not to take his views too seriously,’ CNBC reported.
An AI executive, who wished to remain anonymous, told CNBC: ‘He is sensationalist, he veers wildly between openly worrying about the downside risk of the technology and then hyping the AGI (artificial general intelligence) agenda.
‘Whilst his very real accomplishments are acknowledged, his loose remarks lead to the general public having an unrealistic understanding of the state of AI maturity.’
While Musk’s remarks may not be favorable among the scientific community, he has put his words into action by developing a brain chip that could put humans on par with AI.
While Musk’s remarks may not be favorable among the scientific community, he has put his words into action by developing a brain chip that could put humans on par with AI
He recently spoke on Joe Rogan’s podcast about his company Neuralink, which is developing brain implants that could into a full brain interface in just 25 years – enabling ‘symbiosis’ between humans and AI.
This means all the neurons would be connected to an AI extension of yourself.
‘You already have a computer extension of yourself and an online extension when someone dies, it is like an online ghost,’ the tech tycoon said.
‘It would just be that more of you would be in the cloud instead of your body.’
A TIMELINE OF ELON MUSK’S COMMENTS ON AI
Musk has been a long-standing, and very vocal, condemner of AI technology and the precautions humans should take
Elon Musk is one of the most prominent names and faces in developing technologies.
The billionaire entrepreneur heads up SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring company.
But while he is on the forefront of creating AI technologies, he is also acutely aware of its dangers.
Here is a comprehensive timeline of all Musk’s premonitions, thoughts and warnings about AI, so far.
August 2014 – ‘We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.’
October 2014 – ‘I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence.’
October 2014 – ‘With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.’
June 2016 – ‘The benign situation with ultra-intelligent AI is that we would be so far below in intelligence we’d be like a pet, or a house cat.’
July 2017 - ‘I think AI is something that is risky at the civilisation level, not merely at the individual risk level, and that’s why it really demands a lot of safety research.’
July 2017 – ‘I have exposure to the very most cutting-edge AI and I think people should be really concerned about it.’
July 2017 – ‘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.’
August 2017 - ‘If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.’
November 2017 - ‘Maybe there’s a five to 10 percent chance of success [of making AI safe].’
March 2018 – ‘AI is much more dangerous than nukes. So why do we have no regulatory oversight?’
April 2018 - ‘[AI is] a very important subject. It’s going to affect our lives in ways we can’t even imagine right now.’
April 2018 - ‘[We could create] an immortal dictator from which we would never escape.’
November 2018 – ‘Maybe AI will make me follow it, laugh like a demon & say who’s the pet now.’
September 2019 – ‘If advanced AI (beyond basic bots) hasn’t been applied to manipulate social media, it won’t be long before it is.’
February 2020 - ‘At Tesla, using AI to solve self-driving isn’t just icing on the cake, it the cake.’