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Jack Ma and Elon Musk Disagree Over AI's Impact

     
12:00 pm on Aug 30, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Jack Ma and Elon Musk were interviewed in Shanghai and discussed AI.

It seems there are opposing views.
Ma: I never in my life say human beings will be controlled by machines, it’s impossible...Human beings can never create another thing that is smarter than human beings.

Musk: I very much disagree with that. The biggest mistake I see people making is to assume they’re smart.

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4:11 pm on Aug 30, 2019 (gmt 0)

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The biggest mistake I see people making is to assume they’re smart.
Completely agree with that!

Human beings can never create another thing that is smarter than human beings.
"smarter" is wide open to interpretation and measurement standards. Besides that, humans are doing quite well creating progressively dumber human beings, so the machines basically just have to wait.
6:24 pm on Aug 30, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Human beings are learning machines. AI are machines that learn. Humans are restricted by the frailty and inherent time limitations of a physical body where AI is not. You can pass on your DNA but not your learning. I think that LifeInAsia (and Elon) are right. If we are not much more careful with AI than we have been with say, atomic fission, look out.
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I agree we should be wary of AI, or it may start to takeover, AI has some advantages, memory processing, compared to humans, at some stage it may be that AI will design better AI. It is said human call centers will be among the first to be replaced by AI, look for example at Alexa and Siri, I think people like to talk to people rather than machines. Who knows, time will tell.
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I think people like to talk to people rather than machines.
It's close to the point where it's difficult to tell the difference.

On a side note, after talking to a lot of stupid people, I begin to prefer talking to machines. :)
3:12 pm on Sept 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Hi LifeinAsia
It's close to the point where it's difficult to tell the difference.
I only had exposure to Alexa so far and I didn't find her very convincing. A lot better than the MS Paperclip so there has indeed been progress, for now I would prefer to talk to a human. :-)
 

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