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Elon Musk is ‘wrong’ about the impact of Artificial Intelligence on humans: ex-Google chief

“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,” said former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

tech Updated: May 26, 2018 12:43 IST
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Pepper, a humanoid robot manufactured by SoftBank Robotics, is pictured at the SoftBank Robotics exhibition stand during the VivaTech trade fair (Viva Technology), on May 25, 2018 in Paris.(AFP)

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes Elon Musk is wrong about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on human beings. Speaking at “VivaTech” conference in Paris on Friday, Schmidt said that the AI can help humans become smarter and bring about positive changes.

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been pretty vocal about his views about the AI. Musk in the past has said that the AI is bad for humanity and can even trigger World War III.

“I think Elon is exactly wrong” about AI, Schmidt said. “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.”

“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.

“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.

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.” ALSO READ: Stephen Hawking considered Artificial Intelligence as threat to humanity