LINUX FOUNDER Linus Torvalds has said that artificial intelligence (AI) is nothing to fear, dismissing remarks from the likes of Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak.
Torvalds made his views on AI plain when a Slashdot user quizzed him as to whether he thinks it will be a "great gift" to mankind or a potential danger.
Debunking Wozniak's recent claims that humans will become the pets of robots when they take over the world, Torvalds said: "We'll get AI, and it will almost certainly be through something very much like recurrent neural networks.
"And the thing is, since that kind of AI will need training, it won’t be 'reliable' in the traditional computer sense. It's not the old rule-based prolog days, when people thought they'd 'understand' what the actual decisions were in an AI.
"And that all makes it very interesting, of course, but it also makes it hard to productise. Which will very much limit where you'll actually find those neural networks, and what kinds of network sizes and inputs and outputs they’ll have.
"So I'd expect just more of (and much fancier) targeted AI, rather than anything human-like at all. Language recognition, pattern recognition, things like that.
"I just don’t see the situation where you suddenly have some existential crisis because your dishwasher is starting to discuss Sartre with you."
Torvalds had plenty to say on AI, and went on to liken talk that robots will take over the world to poor science fiction.
"The whole 'singularity' kind of event? Yeah, it's science fiction, and not very good sci-fi at that, in my opinion. Unending exponential growth? What drugs are those people on? I mean, really.”
Torvalds also spoke during the Q&A about how he doesn't believe there will be a 'next big thing' in the kernel, and shared his thoughts on the current Intel and AMD x86 CPUs.
"I tend to really like the modern Intel cores in particular, which tend to take that 'let's not be stupid' really to heart," he said.
"With the kernel being so threaded, I end up caring a lot about things like memory ordering etc, and the Intel big-core CPUs tend to be in a class of their own there."
The most recent release candidate of Linux, Linux 4.2-rc1, went live earlier this week, adding one million new lines of code. µ
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