In the elite circles of Silicon Valley, an intense battle for control over artificial intelligence (AI) has been raging for years. This groundbreaking technology has rapidly transformed various aspects of our world, from the way children learn to how wars […]
In the elite circles of Silicon Valley, an intense battle for control over artificial intelligence (AI) has been raging for years. This groundbreaking technology has rapidly transformed various aspects of our world, from the way children learn to how wars are fought.
Recently, tensions escalated during a meeting of OpenAI, a renowned AI research laboratory. Disgruntled board members attempted to overthrow Sam Altman from his position as director, questioning his ability to build AI that would benefit humanity. For five chaotic days, OpenAI seemed on the brink of collapse, until investors and employees, who threatened to leave with Altman, managed to sway the board.
This incident offered a glimpse into the hostile conflicts among those who will shape the future of artificial intelligence.
However, long before OpenAI faced its near-collapse, a little-known yet fierce competition for control over this world-altering technology had been unfolding in Silicon Valley. Over 80 executives, scientists, and entrepreneurs, including two individuals who attended Elon Musk’s birthday party in 2015, spoke to The New York Times, revealing a tale of ambition, fear, and money.
One pivotal point of contention centered around Tesla. Company owner Elon Musk and Google co-founder Larry Page feuded over whether AI would ultimately elevate or destroy humanity.
Mr. Page whispered his vision of a digital utopia, emphasizing a future where humans would merge with artificially intelligent machines. He predicted a time when multiple forms of intelligence would compete for resources, with the most superior prevailing. Conversely, Musk expressed concerns about machines bringing harm or even annihilation upon humanity.
The clash between these two Silicon Valley billionaires now appears prophetic. The question of whether AI will uplift or devastate the world, or at least cause significant damage, has become the crux of ongoing debates among Silicon Valley founders, chatbot users, academics, lawmakers, and regulators, all deliberating over whether technology should be controlled or unleashed.
This debate has pitted some of the wealthiest individuals against one another: Musk, Page, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Peter Thiel.