Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking win Luddite Award for artificial intelligence fears

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have jointly won the annual Luddite Award for their “stirring of fear and hysteria” in relation to artificial intelligence. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) blamed the pair for causing unnecessary public panic. The ITIF said Musk and Hawking, plus “a loose coalition of scientists and luminaries”, caused fear and hysteria in 2015 “by raising alarms that artificial intelligence (AI) could spell doom for humanity”. The foundation argues that “such alarmism distracts attention from the enormous benefits that AI can offer society”. Worse still, the duo were blamed for causing unnecessary panic which “could forestall progress on AI by discouraging more robust public and private investment”. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was also grouped into the award for agreeing public with Musk’s fears about the…


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