Google’s Head of AI: Spreading Fear About Artificial Intelligence Is ‘Unwarranted’, ‘Irresponsible’


Google’s head of artificial intelligence indirectly shot back at Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk this week over his claims that A.I. will cause World War 3.

John Giannandrea, who is the head of search and artificial intelligence at Google, seemingly responded to Musk during the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week.

“There’s a huge amount of unwarranted hype around A.I. right now,” he declared. “This leap into, ‘Somebody is going to produce a superhuman intelligence and then there’s going to be all these ethical issues’ is unwarranted and borderline irresponsible.”

“I’m definitely not worried about the A.I. apocalypse,” Giannandrea continued. “I just object to the hype and the sound bites that some people have been making.”

This month, Musk wrote a series of tweets claiming World War 3 would be the result of competition for A.I. superiority.

“China, Russia, soon all countries [with] strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 [in my opinion],” Musk claimed. “May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AI’s, if it decides that a preemptive strike is most probable path to victory.”

Elon Musk has previously sparred with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over artificial intelligence, and referred to Zuckerberg’s knowledge of A.I. as “limited.”

In February, Musk warned that deep A.I. could be “dangerous” to the human race, who he described as already part-cyborg, should it overtake us in intelligence.

The billionaire tech entrepreneur also claimed humans would soon merge with machines, while in August he called upon the United Nations to implement a worldwide ban of autonomous warfare.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington and Gab @Nash, or like his page at Facebook.