Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Tesla's CEO Elon Musk joined forces in a captivating live-streamed conversation on Monday. From artificial intelligence (AI) to free speech, these two powerhouses delved into the future of technology and how to tackle its potential risks.
Netanyahu, broadcasting from San Francisco, California, initiated the 40-minute dialogue as part of his series of discussions with global AI leaders. One of the highlights was their exploration of maximizing the benefits of AI while minimizing its dangers.
Musk shared his experiences of meeting world leaders to shed light on the significant risks associated with AI. He emphasized the need for awareness, stating,"Unless you're really invested in the technology, you don't know just how significant the risk can be."
The conversation also encompassed various applications of AI, such as senior care and precision agriculture. Musk challenged common perceptions by revealing the vast data centers required to power advanced AI systems. He compared these centers to massive warehouses housing hundreds of thousands of computers, highlighting the complexity of achieving "extreme digital superintelligence."
Outside the meeting, hundreds of protestors voiced their concerns about Netanyahu's judicial overhaul plan. The contentious issue drew negative attention towards Musk's involvement, making it one of his most controversial interviews yet.
Netanyahu also seized the opportunity to discuss the importance of free speech and urged Musk to condemn anti-Semitism within its boundaries. Recognizing the significance of free speech in democracy, Netanyahu encouraged Musk to combat hatred collectively, stating" It's not an easy task, but I encourage you and urge you to find the balance."
Musk responded by expressing his opposition to attacking any group and emphasized his commitment to furthering civilization and expanding humanity's understanding of the universe. He firmly stated "We can't do that if there's a lot of infighting and hatred and negativity, so obviously I'm against anti-Semitism."