Elon Musk Is Feuding With Meta AI Chief Yann LeCun


A number one AI researcher has publicly referred to as out Elon Musk for his “blatantly false” AI predictions because the conflict between the 2 continues after every week of back-and-forth.

In a Sunday submit on Musk-owned X, Meta chief AI scientist Yann LeCun mentioned that he disagreed with Elon Musk’s remedy of scientists and method to the AI hype.

“I imply, expressing an formidable imaginative and prescient for the long run is nice,” LeCun wrote. “However telling the general public blatantly false predictions (“AGI subsequent yr”, “1 million robotaxis by 2020”, “AGI will kill us all, lets pause”,…) could be very counterproductive (additionally unlawful in some circumstances).”

Musk has made these predictions. In April, he mentioned that AGI, or synthetic basic intelligence smarter than probably the most clever human, would arrive “in all probability subsequent yr, inside two years.”

He additionally promised 1 million robotaxis by 2020 on a 2019 name with buyers and mentioned at an AI security summit in November that “there’s some likelihood, above zero, that AI will kill us all.”

Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist at Meta. Photographer: Benjamin Girette/Bloomberg through Getty Pictures

LeCun additionally disagreed with how Musk treats his scientists, mentioning that analysis wants publications and openness to advance.

“Secrecy hampers progress and discourages abilities from becoming a member of the hassle,” LeCun wrote.

Musk’s startup, xAI, raised $6 billion final week and acknowledged that the cash would go in direction of bringing its first merchandise to market. The AI startup solely has one public-facing product to this point: an AI chatbot referred to as Grok that’s solely obtainable to premium X customers.

xAI made the AI mannequin behind Grok publicly obtainable in March.

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Musk didn’t immediately reply to LeCun on Sunday however posted a meme on the identical day parodying LeCun’s posts.

LeCun and Musk’s disagreement began final week when LeCun responded to an xAI job posting and criticized Musk’s management.

Musk then taunted LeCun’s analysis background, telling him to “attempt tougher” after LeCun mentioned he printed over 80 technical papers since January 2022.

LeCun didn’t reply to Entrepreneur’s request for remark.

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