China’s Tech Moguls Warn of AI’s Troubling Trajectory

China’s tech moguls warn of AI’s troubling trajectory #AI #automation

  • I recently spent a few weeks in the country, talking to researchers and entrepreneurs developing cutting-edge AI technologies and products.
  • What stuck with me—beyond the growing ambition of China’s researchers and the overall vibrancy of its tech scene—is how much people are starting to talk about the potential for AI to eliminate jobs across the country.
  • Speaking at an event organized in Detroit by his company last week, the CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, said that artificial intelligence could displace many workers in both China and the U.S., thereby heightening tensions that some fear could lead the two countries toward armed conflict.
  • In a compelling op-ed piece in the New York Times this week, Kai-Fu Lee, a renowned technical expert, entrepreneur, and educator and the chairman of an AI lab run by his VC firm Sinnovation Ventures, argues that AI will cause widespread job displacement in coming years.
  • But this in and of itself may be a cause for concern, as public perception regarding jobs and economic prospects in both the U.S. and China will be incredibly important in coming years.

Never mind the singularity; artificial intelligence could eliminate countless jobs, and perhaps reshape global politics in the process.
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Jack Ma: Artificial intelligence, machine learning may cause World War III

JACK MA: Artificial intelligence and machine learning 'may cause the Third World War'

  • Alibaba’s chairman and founder, Jack Ma, thinks that new technologies could be a threat to more than just jobs.
  • During an interview with CNBC’s David Faber on Wednesday, Ma said that new technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence could lead to the third World War.
  • “The first technology revolution caused World War I,” Ma told CNBC.
  • “The third technology revolution may cause the Third World War,” Ma told CNBC at the Gateway 2017 conference.
  • In his estimation, the first World War came on the heels of upheaval caused by the Industrial Revolution which shuffled the economic fortunes of different nations and classes leading to conflict, and similar technologies helped lead to World War II.

Jack Ma thinks that a lot of people could lose their jobs to automation in the coming years, and this could be a serious geopolitical issue.
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Apple buys Turi artificial intelligence startup for $200 million

Apple just spent $200 million for more artificial intelligence expertise

  • Apple confirmed the purchase to Geekwire , giving its standard non-denial:Â
  • Apple has heavily invested in artificial intelligence in recent years, especially through purchases.
  • Apple has bought Turi , a Seattle-based machine learning startup.
  • Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.Â
  • Apple has bought Turi, a Seattle-based…

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@businessinsider: “Apple just spent $200 million for more artificial intelligence expertise”


Apple has bought Turi, a Seattle-based machine learning startup.


Apple buys Turi artificial intelligence startup for $200 million