Iron Man suit and holographic interface designer and CEO of Oblong Industries, John Underkoffler, disagrees with Elon Musk for believing that artificial intelligence, if left unchecked, is going to destroy mankind. This was in response to Musk’s new company’s OpenAI’s mission to “keep artificial intelligence from destroying the world.”
John Underkoffler blithely dismissed it. “Elon Musk should know better,” he said in an interview with BusinessInsider. “It’s just not plausible, because it’s not going to wake up.”
Iron man suit and armor designer Underkoffler knows what he’s saying. Aside from making Iron Man “uber-cool”—after all, Tony Stark would just be a very rich, arrogant man without the awesome armor—Underkoffler was also designer of a number of cool things you’ve probably seen in the past decade—things that eventually became adopted by actual industries. Case in point is the gesture-based computers in Steven Spielberg’s 2001 science fiction film and Tom Cruise starrer, “Minority Report,” which is widely considered to be the inspiration to Apple’s iPhone and other similar devices’ touched-based interface.
Also as the designer of JARVIS, the AI that assists Tony Stark as some sort of a high-tech, all-knowing butler, Underkoffler said that AI will not destroy the world simply because we do not invest in it enough to build a sufficiently strong one. He pointed at the AI in Minority Report and Iron Man and mentioned what we were all missing: that despite the advanced AI, it all depends on human intelligence. That is, until “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” where Tony Stark manages to make AI sort of “wake up.” But that’s another story.
John Underkoffler, who has won awards for his interface designs, insisted that there’s no reason for Elon Musk to go all “Terminator-y” about AI as it’s not going to happen. That is, unless we all put more investment in it. But for now, the handwringing is unwarranted.
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