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Edward Snowden Criticizes AI Skeptics: Technological Glitches Overshadow Apocalyptic Fears

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Edward Snowden Criticizes AI Skeptics: Technological Glitches Overshadow Apocalyptic Fears

A Gentle Jab at AI Skeptics

Edward Snowden, known for his Intel background and whistle-blowing past, took to social media to playfully mock those overly concerned with the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, citing the current technology’s inability to even perform simple tasks like directing one to Taco Bell.

Background:

Snowden’s quip is not without precedent. In the past, he has criticized the ominous view held by some toward AI technology, noting the misplaced focus on hypothetical scenarios rather than on immediate technological shortcomings.

Previous Remarks:

Earlier this year, Snowden pointed out the undue pressure exerted on software engineers in the AI field, diverting attention from more pressing concerns, such as military application of technology.

His comments were spurred by a controversy surrounding Google’s AI technology, highlighting the risks associated with the unchecked growth of AI.

Context: In a survey conducted last year, a majority of Americans expressed apprehension about AI’s rapid development and its potential threat to humanity, echoing sentiments voiced by figures like Elon Musk and Geoffrey Hinton.

Elon Musk, a proponent of cautious AI advancement, has been vocal about the risks posed by unchecked technological growth, a sentiment shared by Geoffrey Hinton, a prominent figure in deep learning.

On the other hand, Yann LeCun, a respected figure in the AI community, has dismissed doomsday theories surrounding AI as exaggerated, offering a contrasting viewpoint.

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