Nerds Get Ready to Rumble


Well, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t following with scrutiny the most nerdiest fight on the planet: Mark Zuckerberg in the optimist's corner, versus Elon Musk in the pessimist's corner. The reason for the showdown? Artificial Intelligence.

Basically, they're fighting over the fact that Musk has been for a number of years banging on about the dangers of AI, making humans nothing more than house pets to robots, and that we’re in severe danger of letting unregulated AI developments result in catastrophic consequences.

I kind of like the picture he painted: “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”

This led in turn to Zuckerberg, in one of his, umm, bizarre Facebook Live chats (he always seems a bit demented on screen) to say that Musk was in fact being “irresponsible”! His eyes gleamed some more as he robotically explained:

I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic. And, I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios – I just, I don’t understand it. It’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible.” 

This hysteria led Musk to in turn call Zuckerberg’s knowledge “limited.” Ouch!

I'm still waiting to hear how crazy guy Mark responds to being called dense, let’s see. Of course, this could all be down to Facebook being irritated at SpaceX blowing up their satellite last year when the Falcon 9 rocket exploded.

In any case, I'm more interested in what the other guys are doing: Google. They now have Ray Kurzweil as an engineer and have basically been buying up every robotics and AI company they can.

What’s so interesting about Kurzweil? A man who is routinely labelled a genius and is genuinely trying to live for forever. Well, he came up with the idea of Singularity for one, and believes that by 2029, computers will be able to do all the things humans can do only in a way that is stronger, better, faster.

And why is that of interest to Seed Industries? Well, that can wait for another day.

- Adam, Seed Industries