Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg clash over the future of artificial intelligence

Two of the technology industry’s most powerful leaders are at odds when it comes to artificial intelligence.Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a pessimistic view of the risks associated with such technology. “I keep sounding the alarm bell,” Musk told the National Governors Assn. in June. “But until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal.” Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday called Musk’s dire warnings overblown and described himself as “optimistic.”“People who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I don’t understand it,” Zuckerberg said while taking questions via a Facebook Live broadcast. “It’s really negative, and in some ways, I actually think it is pretty irresponsible.” Musk shot back on Twitter early Tuesday, saying Zuckerberg was out of his element. “I’ve talked to Mark about this,” Musk wrote. “His understanding of the subject is limited.”The back-and-forth illustrates a rift between two tech moguls whose companies are both working on projects related to AI.Zuckerberg, who heads the world’s largest social network of 2 billion users, has a full team of AI researchers building voice- and face-recognition programs. Musk’s electric car company is using…


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