Elon Musk Named World’s Leading Luddite. (Yes, You Read That Right.)

“Luddite” is not the term you’d expect to see applied to a man who envisions self-driving cars, space tourism and hyperloop trains in the relatively near future and is actively working to make those things a reality. Yet a Washington D.C. think tank believes technologist Elon Musk has earned the label for raising the public’s anxiety level around artificial intelligence. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation announced Tuesday that it was granting its 2015 Luddite Award to Musk, alongside physicist Stephen Hawking and “a loose coalition of scientists and luminaries,” for supposed alarmism that “distracts attention from the enormous benefits that AI can offer society,” according to a press release from ITIF. The annual award goes to the year’s “worst innovation killers.”  ITIF president Robert D. Atkinson said in a statement that…


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