South Korean professor refutes Elon Musk over ‘AI-initiated war’
‘Stop making arguments like science-fiction novels,’ says creator of award-winning android
By Kim Tae-gyu
The creator of Korea’s famous android Hubo negated controversial remarks by Elon Musk who stated that artificial intelligence (AI) could start a Third World War.
The founder of SpaceX and Tesla has contended that AI can pose a great existential threat to humanity and the world should be prepared for this.
“No matter how advanced AI is, it cannot start a war because it doesn’t have an ego. Without an ego, AI is just a computing machine, nothing more than that. I don’t think that AI will have an ego even in the distant future,” said professor Oh Jun-ho of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
“People with advanced AI can start a Third World War. But AI cannot do so on its own. I recommend people stop making arguments like science-fiction novels.”
Along the same lines, Oh said that AI will not be able to replace the roles and status of humans. He expects that AI will only benefit people by helping them perform tasks in easier ways.
“Who is talking about doomsday scenarios with regard to AI? They are mostly not AI experts. They are futurists, neuroscientists and businesspeople,” said Oh, a robot scientist famous across the world.
“As far as I know, legitimate AI experts hardly come up with such negative and gloomy prospects. Most of them are on the same page as me.”
Oh said that AI development is not as fast as many people imagine.
“What is happening now is that AI is expanding its domain. Its technological level has not improved so fast,” he said. “The roles of robots in industrial sites are almost the same compared to 25 years ago.”
Hubo has been well known as a walking biped. It basked in the global spotlight in 2015 by topping the podium in the Darpa Robotics Challenge, which took place in the United States.
Hubo defeated 22 other competitors from five countries to win the US$2 million grand prize.
Most of them lost their balance to collapse to the ground while performing such tasks as operating a drill or opening a door. But Hubo proficiently carried out the jobs on the back of its unique design.
Oh is trying to incorporate AI into Hubo.
“Now, Hubo acts in line with preprogrammed software in performing jobs. In the future, it will become more autonomous so that it can choose how to do its jobs. It is one of our top priorities for now,” he said.