Tech in the News: Why Zuckerberg and Musk Are Fighting About the Robot Future

Ian Bogost

Posted July 28, 2017

External Article: The Atlantic

Ian Bogost, professor in the Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media, and Communication, was mentioned in an article in The Atlantic “Why Zuckerberg and Musk Are Fighting about the Robot Future”


Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are having a spat about whether or not artificial intelligence is going to kill us all.

Musk, the chief of Tesla and SpaceX, who has longstanding worries about the potentially apocalyptic future of artificial intelligence (AI), recently returned to that soapbox, making an appeal for proactive regulations on AI. “I keep sounding the alarm bell,” he told attendees at a National Governors Association meeting this month. “But until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react.”

In a Facebook Live broadcast, Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, offered riposte. He called Musk a “naysayer” and accused his doomsday fears of unnecessary negativity. “In some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible,” Zuckerberg scolded. Musk then retorted on Twitter: “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”

For the full article, read here.