Preparing for the AI apocalypse
The spat between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg points to important questions about the future of AI
When billionaire futurist and genius inventor Tony Stark meddled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the movie Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he ended up inadvertently creating an all-powerful rogue AI that tried to engineer the extinction of the human species. Stark’s real-life counterpart is having none of that. Elon Musk, chief executive officer of SpaceX and Tesla Inc.—actor Robert Downey Jr modelled his portrayal of Stark on Musk and the latter has often been called the closest thing to a Stark-like figure around—is famously wary about AI run amok. That wariness has been on full display this week in his public spat with Facebook founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg.