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Zuckerberg and Musk are both right about AI

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, recently said:

I am optimistic. I think you can build things and the world gets better. But with AI especially, I am really optimistic.

Source: Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI | Ars Technica

I agree. But with every new technology, starting with the very first hominid who picked up a stick, a new ethical dilemma arises. Do I use this for good or bad? And how?

That means we need to actively explore what are good and bad forms of AI, and it would be best to figure this out sooner rather than later.

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, says:

AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization, and I don’t think people fully appreciate that.

Source: Elon Musk Warns Governors: Artificial Intelligence Poses ‘Existential Risk’ | NPR

I also agree with this. But this doesn’t mean we are doomed to the apocalyptic future often shown in science fiction.

It means that AI is going to force us to take a good hard look in the mirror to decide who we are and what our purpose is in the future. By the way, I will be directing a retreat on this very topic in October, 2017.

We will soon be living alongside an AI that we will have created, hopefully with thoughtfulness and for good.

But what exactly that will look like is still an open question!

What do you think?