You don’t get to 500 million friends without steak and a few enemies

Some surprisingly vapid musings on the future of artificial intelligence (AI), live streamed by Mark Zuckerberg whilst smoking some brisket in his back garden, have been brushed aside by Elon Musk, who has described the Facebook founder’s understanding of the subject as “limited”.

Between consulting wife Priscilla Chan on the temperature of their grill, Zuckerberg accused Musk – founder of entirely commendable non-profit AI research company OpenAI – of being “negative” and “irresponsible” for his calls to approach AI with caution.

Does Zuckerberg just walk out into open traffic without looking? Is it not worth pause for thought that exponential technology could pose a few risks – bearing in mind the stakes are infinitely higher than the ones he spends a confusing amount of time cooking?

What’s his problem with Musk, who actually occupies the middle ground in this argument, wanting to stop, look and listen before charging towards AI’s widely established positives?

Zuckerberg isn’t just strolling into the road himself. He’s berating everyone who doesn’t. He’s yelling “coward!” at the lollipop lady and dragging a bunch of schoolchildren with him.

That would, at least, explain him referencing the prospect of self-driving cars as a reason for embracing AI with absolute frivolity. Until he realises that doesn’t help his case of making a backwards Luddite of someone who has literally founded a company dedicated to building them, anyway.

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