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Ex-Google Chief: Elon Musk ‘exactly wrong’ on AI

Musk has always been a critic of AI and asked for stiff regulations to curb the technology

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Musk quotes $1 bn to build tunnel under Australian mountain range. IANS

Tesla and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk’s skepticism about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on human beings is “exactly wrong,” former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said.

Musk thinks that AI is bad for humanity and may spark World War III.

“I think Elon is exactly wrong” about AI, Schmidt said during the “VivaTech” conference in Paris on Friday.

“Musk is concerned about the possible misuse of this technology and I am too but I am more convinced by the overwhelming benefit of AI,” tech website CNET quoted Schmidt as saying.

“AI will make people smarter and this will be a net gain,” said Schmidt who is currently a board member of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Earlier, during the same event, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg – who has been in verbal spat with Musk over AI for long — expressed optimism about the possibilities of AI.

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Representational image (AI). Pixabay

“I think that AI is going to unlock a huge amount of positive things, whether that’s helping to identify and cure diseases, to help cars drive more safely, to help keep our communities safe,” he was quoted as saying.

Mush recently warned that if not regulated or controlled soon, AI will become an “immortal dictator” and there will be no escape for humans.

“At least when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die. But for an AI there would be no death. It would live forever, and then you’d have an immortal dictator, from which we could never escape,” he said in a new documentary titled “Do You Trust This Computer?”

Musk has always been a critic of AI and asked for stiff regulations to curb the technology.

In a recent tweet, Musk said that people should be more concerned with AI than the risk posed by North Korea.

“If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea,” Musk tweeted.

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Musk has also quit the board of OpenAI, a non-profit AI research company he co-founded that aims to promote and develop friendly AI that benefits the humanity.

In a recent public spat with Zuckerberg, Musk said: “I’ve talked to Mark about this (AI). His understanding of the subject is limited”.

Zuckerberg replied: “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.” (IANS)

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Elon Musk Tells Jury his Net Worth $20bn But is Short on Cash

Last year, he called Unsworth a "child rapist" in an email. Unsworth sued him two months later in a Los Angeles federal court, saying Musk falsely branded him a paedophile and child rapist

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model in Hawthorne, California. VOA

Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk in the second day of his courtroom appearance as a defendant in a defamation case filed by Vernon Unsworth, a British man, over “pedo guy” tweet, disclosed that his net worth was $20 billion (roughly Rs 1,43,000 crore) but was short on cash.

“People think I have a lot of cash, I actually don’t. I have stock in SpaceX and Tesla, and debt against that,” he said during the trial, Forbes.com reported on Wednesday.

During the first courtroom appearance on Tuesday, Musk had said the “pedo guy” tweet was not meant to be taken literally. He filed a declaration that “pedo guy” was a common insult in South Africa about demeanour and appearances.

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Elon Musk, a technology entrepreneur. Pixabay

“It’s quite common in the English-speaking world. Calling someone a ‘pedo guy’ means creepy. If you did a search or asked someone what it means it would be a creepy,” he said.

Tesla CEO apologised to the cave diver in the court.

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Lawyers for Unsworth argued that Musk was using his social media platform to damage the explorer’s reputation and paint him as a paedophile.

Last year, he called Unsworth a “child rapist” in an email. Unsworth sued him two months later in a Los Angeles federal court, saying Musk falsely branded him a paedophile and child rapist. (IANS)