Tesla CEO Elon Musk slammed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter over the safety of AI.
Zuckerberg spoke on a Facebook live broadcast over the weekend about AI and its potential to harm humans as technology advances. A fan prompted the question after citing Musk’s recent discussion at the National Governors Association meeting.
“I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI and I think people should be really concerned about it,” Musk said. “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal … There’s a role for regulators that I think is very important and I’m against over regulation for sure, but I think we better get on that with AI.”
Zuckerberg is far from worried about the future of AI.
“I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic,” Zuckerberg said. “And 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.”
He even went as far as discussing AI’s potential role in saving lives before returning to a balanced view on how all advancing technology can impact human life on a grand scale.
“Whenever I hear people saying AI is going to hurt people in the future, I think yeah, you know, technology can generally always be used for good and bad, and you need to be careful about how you build it and you need to be careful about what you build and how it is going to be used,” Zuckerberg said.
Musk didn’t stand for being called “pretty irresponsible” for long, firing off a tweet and joining the subsequent discussion on Twitter on the article’s thread.
Needless to say, the whole exchange left Twitter feeling a little something like this:
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, predicts that in ten years, all new cars in the U.S. will be electric vechicles. He spoke at the closing plenary session of the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association where he discussed the impact of emerging technologies on energy and transportation, and warned about the future of artificial intelligence. The session began with remarks by outgoing NGA Chair Terry McAuliffe who introduced his successor, Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV).
Nvidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) continue to excel as an infrastructure platform for state-of-the-art artificial intelligence language models. Recently, the company’s GPUs were able to train BERT, one of the world’s most advanced AI language models, in a record-breaking 53 minutes.1 Getting computers to understand all the nuances of human languages and respond appropriately has long been a holy grail in developing natural language processing (NLP) technology.2 Language models can now complete inference in just 2.2 milliseconds, i.e., understand and reach a conclusion based on information received.3 Strides made in NLP could be significant, with potential adopters spread across numerous industries.
1. Nvidia Developer Blog,” NVIDIA Clocks World’s Fastest BERT Training Time and Largest Transformer Based Model, Paving Path For Advanced Conversational AI,” Aug 13, 2019.
3. Nvidia Developer Blog, “Real-Time Natural Language Understanding with BERT Using TensorRT,” Aug 13, 2019.
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By Claudia Sanchez
by Associated Press, Updated at 12:55PM, May 7, 2018
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Photo credit: JASON REDMOND/AFP/Getty Images)
Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities.
CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle is meant to foster enthusiasm for the company’s latest ventures in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet-connected devices and virtual reality.
Microsoft competes with Amazon and Google to offer internet-connected services to businesses and organizations.
The conference and the new initiative offer Microsoft an opportunity to emphasize its philosophy of building AI for social good. The focus could help counter some of the privacy and ethical concerns that have risen over AI and other fast-developing technology, including the potential that software formulas can perpetuate or even amplify gender and racial biases.
In unusually serious terms for a tech conference keynote, Nadella name-checked the dystopian fiction of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley, declared that “privacy is a human right” and warned of the dangers of building new technology without ethical principles in mind.
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“We should be asking not only what computers can do, but what computers should do,” Nadella said. “That time has come.”
The five-year accessibility initiative will include seed grants for startups, nonprofit organizations and academic researchers, as well as deeper investments and expertise from Microsoft researchers.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said the company hopes to empower people by accelerating the development of AI tools that provide them with more opportunities for independence and employment.
“It may be an accessibility need relating to vision or deafness or to something like autism or dyslexia,” Smith said in an interview. “There are about a billion people on the planet who have some kind of disability, either permanent or temporary.”
Those people already have “huge potential,” he said, but “technology can help them accomplish even more.”
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Microsoft has already experimented with its own accessibility tools, such as a “Seeing AI” free smartphone app using computer vision and narration to help people navigate if they’re blind or have low vision. Nadella introduced the app at a previous Build conference. Microsoft’s translation tool also provides deaf users with real-time captioning of conversations.
“People with disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to technology advances, but Microsoft sees this as a key area to address concerns over the technology and compete against Google, Amazon and IBM,” said Nick McQuire, an analyst at CCS Insight.
Smith acknowledged that other firms, especially Apple and Google, have also spent years doing important work on accessibility. He said Microsoft’s accessibility fund builds on the model of the company’s AI for Earth initiative, which launched last year to jumpstart projects combating climate change and other environmental problems.
The idea, Smith said, is to get more startups excited about building tools for people with disabilities — both for the social good and for their large market potential.
Other announcements at the Build conference include partnerships with drone company DJI and chipmaker Qualcomm. More than 6,000 people are registered to attend, most of them developers who build apps for Microsoft’s products.
Facebook had its F8 developers’ gathering last week. Google’s I/O conference begins Tuesday. Apple’s takes place in early June.
This is the second consecutive year that Microsoft has held its conference in Seattle, not far from its Redmond, Washington, headquarters.
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