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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.

Also Read: Elon Musk Unveils Plan to put Humans on Mars by 2024

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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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Makes Big Claims About Model 3 on Twitter

The long-range Model S is now priced $83,000 down from $96,000 before savings

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX. Wikimedia

The body and drive unit of Electric Vehicle (EV)-maker Tesla’s Model 3 Sedan can last upto 1 million miles while the battery can last up to 500,000 miles, said company Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk.

“Model 3 drive unit and body is designed like a commercial truck for a million mile life. Current battery modules should last 300k to 500k miles (1,500 cycles). Replacing modules (not pack) will only cost $5k to $7k,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The billionaire made this claim to his 25.7 million followers in context Model 3’s value being used in an autonomous ride-hailing fleet.

“What he meant is that the vehicles would become revenue-generating assets as they integrate this autonomous ride-hailing fleet, which has been dubbed the ‘Tesla Network’,” Electrek reported.

The value of the Model 3 on the Tesla Network would depend on how many miles it can put in it, which according to Musk is up to 1 million miles within two or three battery module replacements.

Even though Tesla would not replace a whole battery pack, the company is willing to offer battery module replacements for between $5,000 and $7,000.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

“Assuming that $5,000 to $7,000 for the battery modules means the cost for the Standard Range Plus and Long Range battery modules, it would mean a cost of roughly $100 per kWh at the battery module level, which makes sense,” the report added.

“At a value of $1 per mile, we are talking about a potential of at least $300,000 in revenue before having to possibly replace the battery modules.”

The EV-maker recently announced big price cuts for its high-end Model S after shifting to online-only sales.

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The long-range Model S is now priced $83,000 down from $96,000 before savings.

The huge price cut by the EV maker comes less than two months after it decided to stop manufacturing Model S with a 75kWh battery pack, opting instead to only sell versions with a 100kWh pack. (IANS)