Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking win annual Luddite award

facebooktwitterlinkedingoogleplusemailcommentsmoreredditpinteresttumblrYou probably don’t think of Elon Musk or Stephen Hawking as technophobes. After all, Musk’s Tesla Motors practically created the electric-vehicle market, and Hawking is the brain behind the theory of everything.Still, both visionaries were identified as members of a “loose coalition” of “alarmists” that won its 2015 Luddite Award, an annual prize given by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. For good measure, Bill Gates, the man most responsible for bringing computers into our homes, was also named.Why would such august company, behind some of the greatest technological and scientific advances of the past 30 years, be deemed Luddites? Because they “stirred fear and hysteria” in warning that artificial intelligence could too easily run amok. The so-called alarmists were among 10 nominees for the ITIF’s second annual Luddite Award,…


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