Tech entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-founder of multinational tech giant Apple, Steve Wozniak, has slammed Elon Musk, billionaire CEO of Tesla and also owner and CEO of Twitter, for failing to deliver on his promise to launch self-driving cars .
Wozniak also said Tesla could kill, referring to the car model as an example of artificial intelligence (AI) “gone wrong”.
Wozniak slams Musk on broken promise
In a recent interview with CNN, Steve Wozniak was asked about his relationship with Elon Musk, the first responder he has neither met nor spoken to the boss of Tesla and Twitter. The Apple co-founder also praised Musk’s efforts to encourage the use of electric vehicles, but criticized the CEO’s failure to offer self-driving cars.
Wozniak noted that Musk first promised to introduce a self-driving car by 2016, which led Wozniak to upgrade to his model with $50,000. However, the car did not perform as promised. Another model with eight cameras was announced for self-driving in late 2017, which Wozniak also thought would come.
However, the tech mogul said none of the promises were even close to reality. Instead, the Apple co-founder said:
“If you want an AI study to go wrong and take a lot of claims and try to kill you at every opportunity, it can’t get a Tesla.”
Also asked about Musk’s handling of microblogging platform Twitter, Wozniak said he had no opinion on the matter because he avoids social media.
The Tesla chief bought and took over Twitter in 2022 after an initial termination of the agreement and a lawsuit. Musk’s first action as owner of Twitter was to fire CEO Parag Agrawal, along with some of the company’s top executives. It was also reported that hundreds of Twitter employees were looking to leave the company after the billionaire gave workers an ultimatum to sign up for longer hours or leave.
Wozniak says he’s not afraid of AI, calls for regulation
Meanwhile, Wozniak clarified in the CNN interview that he wasn’t worried or living in fear of AI, but said it was important to be careful not to allow the technology is used in a negative way. In March 2023, the tech entrepreneur, along with Musk and other heavyweights in the tech space, signed an open letter to halt the development of AI systems more advanced than GPT-4 for six months.
Wozniak added that powerful technology can be both good and bad, but said something as powerful as AI can be used by bad people for “really evil purposes”.
The Apple co-founder further called for regulation that could ensure companies will have ethical concerns. However, the Apple co-founder acknowledged that global regulation was impossible.
While Wozniak expressed concern about the emergence of more powerful technological tools, the philanthropist praised bitcoin, calling it a “mathematical miracle” in 2021 and putting the asset above gold . In a later interview in 2022, the engineer called bitcoin “the only one that is pure gold math.”
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