Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX in a debate with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg
Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg

What would be the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it would affect the humanity are some of the points that became the cause of an online debate of Elon Musk, who is the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI, and Mark Zuckerberg, who is the CEO of Facebook.

On Sunday afternoon, Zuckerberg asked in an online video why Musk is so negative about the future of AI. On Tuesday, Musk tweeted that Zuckerberg’s “understanding of the subject is limited.”

“I have pretty strong opinions on this,” Zuckerberg said. “I’m really optimistic. I’m an optimistic person in general. I think you can build things and the world gets better. With AI especially, I’m really optimistic, and I think that people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios … I don’t understand it. It’s really negative, and in some ways, I actually think it’s pretty irresponsible.”

On the other hand, Musk is of opinion that AI powered supersmart machines could become threat for humanity in the future. In the year 2014, he also noted that AI could become more dangerous as compared to nuclear weapons in the future.

A debate over artificial intelligence

Zuckerberg believes that AI could help in saving lives by making safer cars, appropriately diagnosing diseases, and working on right treatment options.

“Whenever I hear people saying AI is going to hurt people in the future, I think: Yeah, technology can generally always be used for good and bad, and you need to be careful about how you build it, and you need to be careful about what you build and how it’s going to be used”, Zuckerberg stated.

Musk commented and said, “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.” Musk also noted a “movie on the subject coming soon.”

Sources: Business Insider

Usman Zafar Paracha

Usman Zafar Paracha is Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutics, in Hajvery University, Lahore, Pakistan.