‘AI Alarmists’ Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk Win 2015 Luddite Award

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk — two of the most well known names in the world of science and technology — were on Tuesday identified as members of a “loose coalition” of “alarmists,” who were (dis)honored with the 2015 Luddite Award, an annual prize given by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) — a U.S.-based think tank. In a statement, the institute blamed the Tesla and SpaceX founder, and the British cosmologist for stirring “fear and hysteria” through their predictions about the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI). “It is deeply unfortunate that luminaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have contributed to feverish hand-wringing about a looming artificial intelligence apocalypse,” ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson said, in the statement. “Do we think either of them personally are Luddites?…


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