Advancement in technology has changed the way people live around the world. Change is inevitable and every day a new invention is made. At the much-awaited 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, attendants were served with an intriguing debate between Alibaba founder and Chairman Jack Ma and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. That heated discussion was about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its effects on humanity.
Ma and Musk spoke on a plethora of topics. Some of these topics include reforms to education, trips to Mars, jobs, and the general improvement of humanity. Regarding artificial intelligence, these two visionaries have different points of view.
Musk believes that AI is a danger to humanity while Ma believes in people being ‘street smart.’ Thus, according to Ma, when artificial intelligence evolves, humanity should cope with it just fine. He explained:
“It’s impossible that humans could be controlled by machines. They’re machines that are invented by humans.”
On the other hand, Musk is afraid that a time will come when computers will surpass humans’ ability to understand it. He thinks that it is humanity’s best interest to fully secure its multi-planetary opportunities and resources as quickly as it is possible.
On the other hand, Ma has no plans to go to Mars in the near future. However, he believes that it is more important to preserve the earth that we are on. But, he complimented Musk saying:
“We need heroes like you (who want to go to Mars), but we need heroes like us (who will fix Earth).”
Musk also agreed that Earth preservation is vital which also makes an important part of Tesla’s mission. He believes that it will take around 1% of the world’s GDP to make humans multi-planetary. That amount is comparable and may be less than what people spend on things like makeup yearly.
“Spending resources on making life multi-planetary would be enough with just 1% of the earth’s GDP.”
The Artificial Intelligence Impact on humanity
Regarding employment, Jack Ma asked why humans need that many jobs. He added that although people are always afraid that technology will take jobs away from them, jobs increase every day. He believes that with the introduction of artificial intelligence, people can change to three working days in a week and the average workday may last for only four hours. According to him, these shorter working hours will enable people to enjoy their lives and live longer.
On his part, Musk admitted that there is a growing worry since the birth rate around the world is declining constantly. He believes that the biggest issue that will face the world in the next 20 years is population collapse and added that it could prove to be a serious issue since people usually have a 20-yer boot sequence.
Ma agrees to that fact stating that even though China’s1.4 billion people sounds a lot, the country may encounter an entirely different landscape in 20 years. On the other hand, Musk alleged that the rise of AI will threaten most jobs making them pointless. He explained that AI evolves and it will reach a time when computers will make their software.
Musk suggests that people should study fields like engineering and other disciplines that deal with human relations. He believes that these fields will be relevant even with the rise of the AI age. He also said that this is the idea behind Neuralink and its brain-machine interface. The brain-machine interface will ensure that humans will not be left behind.
To succeed in the future, Jack Ma believes that humans must not just have an IQ. Instead, they should also have emotional intelligence and love intelligence too. Musk agreed stating:
“I agree with him. Love is the answer.”
On education, Jack Ma voiced his worries about the current education systems that he believes should be more constructive and creative. He explained that he wished to spend more time training children how to sing, dance, paint, and do all other creative things that enable people to live like humans.
Elon Musk thinks that solutions like Neuralink’s neural lace could make a difference in enabling people to upload and quickly learn many new skills. He thinks that the concept of ‘The Matrix’ movie’ is not far from reality.
At the time of writing the Alibaba (BABA) stock is up 0.83% trading at $167.48 while Tesla (TSLA) stock is also up 0.71% trading at $215.59.