Tesla CEO Elon Musk has suggested that by 2029 humanity will develop artificial general intelligence (AGI).
2029 feels like a pivotal year. I’d be surprised if we don’t have AGI by then. Hopefully, people on Mars too.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 30, 2022
Author of the book Rebooting AI and vocal critic of general AI Gary Markus in open letter offered Musk a $100,000 bet whether AGI would appear by 2029.
He added that the businessman’s comments are useless in the broader discussions about AI.
“Musk’s statements about AGI only increase the hype around modern technology, when in fact we probably need to take a step back to understand where we are and really face difficult problems,” Markus said.
In his opinion, today too much money is being invested “not in what is needed.”
“There is a tendency to look at AGI as ‘something magical’. This misled corporate business and politicians, ”the scientist added.
Musk did not answer the call. Marcus noted the need for a public debate whether or not money is at stake.
Recall that in March, Tesla included artificial intelligence in the company’s long-term development plan.
Musk said in January that the automaker could play an important role in creating general AI, as well as preventing a potential rebellion of machines against humans.
In April 2021, the businessman said that Tesla will become one of the largest AI companies in the world.
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