Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking presented Luddite award

It seems highly illogical that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) founder Elon Musk and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking would be lumped in with Luddites, but such was the case in an award announcement Tuesday. After a month-long public vote, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation gave its annual Luddite Award to “a loose coalition of scientists and luminaries who stirred fear and hysteria in 2015 by raising alarms that artificial intelligence could spell doom for humanity.” ITIF, a nonprofit research group, in announcing the award said such alarmism distracts attention from the enormous benefits that AI can offer society. Worse, it said, speeches by Musk, Hawking and others provoke unnecessary panic that could forestall progress on AI by discouraging more robust public and private investment. Elon Musk, chairman and CEO of electric…


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