BARCELONA: MARK ZUCKERBERG has no fear of rampant robots and believes that smart machines are just clever uses of pattern recognition.
Zuck was quizzed at MWC 2016 about the Iron Man-like artificial intelligence (AI) he is making for his home and basically debunked fears that AI development could lead to the rise of the machines and the enslavement of humanity.
“AI gets a funny reaction. On the one hand it’s very powerful for pattern recognition, and a lot of the amazing things we can do today just boils down to pattern recognition,” he said.
“But some people look at that and [say]: ‘That seems really powerful and, if we can do that, clearly this must be pretty scary.'
"But people who actually work on AI [are] not really afraid of anything bad happening in the near term because we get at a deep level [and] no-one actually understands how the human brain works and how real thinking works.
“We've got this one trick that we can push pretty far to do some awesome stuff that’s going to do a lot of good in the world, but that’s [only] where we are at.”
Zuckerberg clearly doesn’t share Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s fears that AI will make humanity its pets. Which is useful given that Facebook is building M for Messenger AI that uses humans to support virtual assistants.
The Facebook CEO's own AI, a personal project outside Facebook, is still in the early days of development, so he isn’t about to unleash robo-Armageddon on the world just yet.
“It takes a long time to build an AI,” he said, adding that he has no plans to ape Tony Stark’s Iron Legion of smart robotic suits.
“I just want to be able to control my house and do some basic stuff. This is an area where I can just build something where I speak and my house does what I want.”
We just hope Zuckerberg doesn’t end up accidentally making a killer AI out of a mundane smart system. µ
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