Elon Musk is a well-known figure in the AI community, but a lot of AI experts don’t see eye to eye with him. Today, Facebook‘s head of AI, Jerome Persati, said that Elon Musk has “has no idea what he is talking about when he talks about AI.”
Jerome Persati, who was reacting to an article on CNBC talking about Elon Musk’s status in the AI community explained that the Musk often talks about risks of AI that are distracting us from real issues. Persati added that Musk likes to talk about machines taking over humans rather than focusing on the more pressing issue of fairness in AI.
1. My point is that AGI is a meaningless concept, don’t even talk about it. 2. “gonna be upon us very quickly” https://t.co/QTbkLqG5pP 3. There are a lot of risks related to AI, he talks about the wrong ones (machines taking over) distracting us from the real issues (eg fairness)
— Jerome Pesenti (@an_open_mind) May 13, 2020
Persati is not the only one to criticize Musk’s AI opinions. In 2017, Musk said that AI might cause World War III and outlined the danger of AI-powered robots. He even went on to say AI is more dangerous than North Korea. Later, Bill Gates dismissed these claims and said people shouldn’t panic about AI.
Again in 2017, Mark Zuckerberg said that Tesla Founder’s doomsday scenario predictions about AI robots are “pretty irresponsible.” Musk retorted to that remark by saying Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is “limited”.
In 2018, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, Yann LeCun, said Musk was “nuts” to call for AI regulation. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt also said that “Elon is exactly wrong” about AI and he doesn’t understand that the technology will make humans smarter.
In 2019, Elon Musk even claimed that his neuro-tech startup Neuralink can “cure” Autism.
It seems like the OpenAI and Space X founder is not finding many friends in the AI community at the moment. We’ll have to wait and see if Musk will reply to Persati’s claims.