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Jack Ma and Elon Musk Hold Debate in Shanghai

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Jack Ma and Elon Musk Hold Debate in Shanghai

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Jack Ma and Elon Musk debate whether people should we be scared of AI or look forward to its future.

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Should people welcome AI with anticipation or fear? Two prominent businessmen debated this at the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China. Elon Musk, whose US-based companies build electric cars, develop rockets and try to connect brains to computers, sees no limit to AI. Jack Ma, co-founder of the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba, believes humans have their own unassailable niche. They provide honest and at times incisive appraisals of human beings’ relationship with technology and the future of humanity.


Jack Ma: AI is not a threat and people should only worry about it in the next century.

Human beings are smart enough. Those who worry about AI are “college smart.” People like Ma and Elon Musk are “street smart,” the sort of people who think it’s fun to encounter problems and solve them. It’s that kind of intelligence that should be fostered in the schools. But the problems of the far future are not for this generation to solve. It’s hard to predict the future, and when people do, they are usually wrong. Instead, society should prepare the next generation for a life with advanced technology. AI will help people understand themselves better.

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About the Speaker

Jack Ma is the co-founder and retired CEO of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Elon Musk is a co-founder of PayPal and founder and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink.

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