Elon Musk and Jack Ma argue about AI


Ma thinks AI is positive, but Elon Musk thinks otherwise, at the Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on August 29.

The Chinese businessman said he was "quite optimistic" about artificial intelligence (AI) and focused his ideas on the application of this technology to life. "It is something that needs to be captured, which will give people more understanding than they think. When people understand themselves better, they can improve the world for the better.


Jack Ma (left) and Elon Musk (right) at WAIC.

Billionaire of Alibaba said that AI will undertake a series of jobs, enabling people to focus their time on creating new things. From this, he predicts the future of human life may be up to 120 years. "At that time, we will have a lot of jobs that people do not want to do. They will be done by the intelligence of robots, such as caring for the elderly," Ma said.

Ma also emphasized that AI will make people's lives better and the world should not worry about it.

However, Elon Musk said that mass unemployment is a real concern if AI develops. "AI will make people idle, there is no work to do. One day, programs use them to work, they can write themselves," Musk said.

The head of Tesla thinks that humans think AI is a smarter version of humanity. "We want to understand AI as well as chimpanzees trying to understand people," Musk said. "What is our bandwidth? In my opinion only a few hundred bits per second, or a few kilobits if you're generous. But meanwhile, computers are communicating at terabit speeds. Computers will not be as patient as It's like we're talking to a tree. "

Because of these reasons, Musk even predicts that human civilization may end if AI goes unchecked. He proposed connecting human brains with AI robots to control them, so that they are not beyond human control.

Ma acknowledges that AI can now beat humans in games like chess or Go. However, they are just one of the clever tools that will evolve and will be available over time.

"Don't worry about machines. We should understand that one man cannot make another man himself. Computers are computers, computers are toys. Computers have chips he has the heart. Only the heart is where wisdom comes from, "Ma compared. "The machine may be smart, but people are much smarter."

However, at the end of the event, the two billionaires shared the same view that developing AI will reduce the population. "Assuming AI is good and won't harm humans, the problem the world will face in the next 20 years is population collapse. Yes, it's crash, not explosion," Musk said.

Mr. Ma "totally agrees" with the American billionaire. Besides, he proposed to use AI in the health field, so that people can live longer and healthier lives.