Mark Zuckerberg has to pick with the way some tech workers talk about AI

While Mark Zuckerberg has launched Meta headfirst into the AI ​​arena, he’s not a fan of some who think they’re creating some kind of unique AI “God.”

Meta’s CEO recently sat down for an interview with YouTuber Kane Sutter, also known as Kallaway, to discuss his company’s AI strategy — and it doesn’t just involve one model.

“The future is not going to be an AI,” Zuckerberg said. “There’s going to be a lot of AI with a lot of different people that can create different things.”

While other tech giants are defining a core AI model to focus on, such as ChatGPT for OpenAI or Gemini for Google, Zuckerberg said Meta is looking to integrate some AI.

“Our overall view is that this is not the kind of thing where there should be only one of them,” he said. “People want to interact with many different people and businesses, and there should be many different AIs being created to reflect people’s different interests.”

Zuckerberg took the opportunity to once again endorse open-source AI models, saying the technology should not be “hoarded” by a company seeking to control its use or create a single, central product.

Pursuing a single, all-powerful AI is uncomfortable for him, he said.

“I think it’s a pretty big difference when people in the tech industry talk about building this real AI,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s almost like they think they’re creating God or something.”

Zuckerberg appears to be referring to some of the talk of reaching the singularity, or artificial general intelligence — the idea that AI will eventually surpass humanity’s own intellect.

For some, the pursuit of AI can even cross over into a kind of religion. Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, for example, started a “Future Path” church for people trying to build a “spiritual connection” with AI.

But Zuckerberg’s comments appear to be aimed at AI workers who liken AGI to a deity.

“We’re creating God,” an unnamed AI employee told Vanity Fair in September. “We are creating conscious machines.”

Others, like former OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever, aren’t talking about “God” but chasing a special “superintelligence.”

The CEO of AI company Mistral, Arthur Mensch, expressed concern last year about Silicon Valley’s almost pious interest in AGI, saying, “All the AGI rhetoric is about God’s creation. […] I am a staunch atheist. So I don’t believe in AGI.”

Antropic co-founder Jack Clark has also suggested that “much of the breathless enthusiasm for AGI is misguided religious impulses from people raised in a secular culture.”

While Meta is also very much in the AI ​​race and trying to build increasingly powerful AI systems, Zuckerberg said that Meta hopes to create a diverse set of tools so that users can build their own AI systems.

“Some people say it’s going to be a really big AI that can do everything,” Zuckerberg said. “I just don’t think things tend to go that way.”

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