“ Elon Musk escalates row with Zuckerberg over AI “
The ongoing spat between tech honchos Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg escalated on Tuesday, with the Space X and Tesla CEO saying the Facebook creator’s understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) is “ limited ”.
Musk had ignited a global discussion on the dangers of AI back in 2014, when he predicted that machines that are smarter than humans would spell “doom” for mankind. He is involved in a startup called Neuralink that intends to build devices to connect the human brain with computers.
The system he developed uses several AI techniques, including natural language processing, speech recognition, face recognition and reinforcement learning.
Even if we are not sold on Musk’s idea that AI powered Robots will spell “ doom “ for the mankind , there is no doubt that Zuckerberg has designed his assistant JARVIS in such a way that it observes Mark – and his daughter – all through the day and “ learns “ WHAT THEY ARE DOING , HOW THEY ARE DOING , WHY THEY ARE DOING
With all this “ learning “ ( info shared voluntarily by the Zuckerberg household ) , Jarvis keeps getting better
Not so frightening , as yet !
Now extend this scenario to JARVIS ( and similar devices from Microsoft / Google / Amazon / Apple etc) sitting inside a million households and picking up info about the behaviours ( including spoken words / facial expressions ) of a BILLION persons and relaying to the CLOUD [ - in 2 years , JARVIS will shrink / morph into that smart phone in your pocket ! ]
That is , “ accumulating / filtering / multiplying / analysing / extrapolating “ HUMAN INTELLIGENCE of a billion persons
This will be the TIPPING POINT , when Artificial Intelligence will overtake the Human Intelligence !
AND THIS WILL COME ABOUT THROUGH VOLUNTARY ( - OR INVOLUNTARY ) SHARING OF PERSONAL INFO BY A BILLION PERSONS
If you still entertain doubts about the future of PRIVACY , here is what Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen ( both of Google ) wrote in ,
" In an open democracy , where free expression and responsive governance feed the public’s impulse to share, citizens will increasingly serve as judge and jury of their peers
More available data about everyone will only intensify the trends we see today
Every opinion will find space in an expansive virtual landscape , real-time updating will foster hyperactive social and civil spheres, and the ubiquity of social networking will allow everyone to play celebrity, paparazzo and voyeur , all at once
Each person will produce a voluminous amount of data about himself – his past and present , his likes and choices , his aspirations and daily habits
Like today, much of this will be “ opt-in “, meaning the user deliberately choose to share content for some undefined social or commercial reason ; but some of it won’t be
Also like today, many online platforms will relay data back to companies and third parties about user activity WITHOUT THEIR EXPRESS KNOWLEDGE
26 July 2017
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