by Ray Hayes

Malcolm X once said, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.”

If you’ve seen Marvel’s Captain America Civil War, you’ll know that it pitted Iron Man and his pro-registration ideals against Captain America and his anti-registration supporters.  This, in a funny way, is similar to the recent argument between Tech celebrities Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk and their views on artificial intelligence. (This developing battle of words between Musk and Zuckerberg is also very similar to the fight Will Smith had between robots and their roles in society in the movie, I, Robot.)

For those unaware, Musk is the founder of SapceX, Tesla, and PayPal. He is not only a business man, but a jack of a few trades: engineer, investor and inventor. Zuckerberg on the other hand is the co-founder and CEO of the world’s “biggest” and “most popular” social media site, Facebook. These two have the wealth, brains and most importantly power to shake things up. So, when they talk about artificial intelligence, we listen and listen closely.

Earlier this week, Zuckerberg posted a message on Facebook praising the growth and future of AI.  In his statement, the Facebook CEO said that “One reason I’m so optimistic about AI is that improvements in basic research improve systems across so many different fields — from diagnosing diseases to keep us healthy, to improving self-driving cars to keep us safe, and from showing you better content in News Feed to delivering you more relevant search results. Every time we improve our AI methods, all of these systems get better. I’m excited about all the progress here and it’s potential to make the world better.”  After Zuckerberg posted his message praising the growth of AI, Musk weighed on Twitter. Musk posted on his official Twitter page, criticizing Zuckerberg stating “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”

While, Zuckerberg sees light at the end of tunnel for AI however Musk is skeptical. Musk similar to Iron Man strongly believes that regulation will be needed with AI as it continues to grow and develop. It seems to me that Musk is referring to the regulation that was in place in the movie I, Robot starring Will Smith. We may not have the advanced technology that people of Chicago possessed in the movie but one day we may and when that day comes, I agree with Musk, regulation will be needed. But Zuckerberg is not wrong to have excitement for the future of AI because it could lead to tons of innovative advancements in particular for the growth of Facebook. Zuckerberg actually responded back to Musk indirectly. “I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic. 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.”

Now whether you are team Musk who in my opinion would resemble the side Iron Man takes in Civil War of or team Zuckerberg who resembles Captain America viewpoint, you decide but I think this will be quite intriguing as the story slowly develops.

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