Elon Musk recently expressed his concerns about the threat that artificial intelligence poses in the future but Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google’s head of AI, John Giannandrea claims that those worries are overblown.
Giannandrea stated that people are already having a hard time trying to understand AI. This was in response to previous claims by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk who expressed a lot of concerns over the possibility of a machine apocalypse as AI rapidly develops. However, the Google executive shot down those claims as hyped up worries. He believes that the assumption that AI might become a reality at some point in time but rather than pose a threat to humans, it will help improve their lives.
“I am definitely not worried about the AI apocalypse. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to discuss [the concerns], but what I object to is the belief that it’s inevitable…and I think that if we have better machine intelligence, it need not be scary, it can augment us,” stated Giannandrea.
A few years ago, the Google executive compared AI to a four-year-old boy but he recently changed his stance on the matter, stating that the situation is currently worse than that. He also added that there has been a lot of hype regarding AI and that a lot of people are unreasonably concerned. Giannandrea pointed out that AI and Machine Learning are a vital part of revolutionizing many industries.
Giannandrea also reiterated that AI and machine learning are focusing on improving user productivity. Meanwhile, Musk has become one of the most trusted tech leaders on account of his success in various technologies including autonomous vehicle systems, electric cars and space travel. He has also been quite vocal when it comes to criticizing various technology aspects. His claim about AI being a reason to worry raises the question of whether Musk knows something that the rest of the world is still oblivious of.
Alphabet stock closed the latest trading session on Tuesday at $936.86 after a 0.76 percent gain compared to the value of the stock during the previous close on Monday.