Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk may be having sleepless nights about the forthcoming AI apocalypse, but not Eric Schmidt. The Google man, who's coincidentally behind the biggest efforts to create computer brains claims the worry is overdone, saying of the stress over rogue AIs: "These concerns are normal. They’re also to some degree misguided."
Schmidt was speaking at the Financial Times Innovate America tech event, where he also compared the imminent AI boom and the distrust of computer brains to the industrial revolution, saying: "Go back to the history of the loom. There was absolute dislocation, but I think all of us are better off with more mechanized ways of getting clothes made."
Which is a clever analogy, because once the AI takes control of the planet we'll all be put to work as slaves in its component factories. [Wired]